The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), the most awaited agricultural exhibition organized by the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) is expected to draw huge crowd from Feb 22nd – 25th this year at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center from all over the globe.
Started in the year 2004 with an objective to improve the agricultural sector in the region, the show has emerged as one of the biggest integrated platforms apt for showcasing agricultural innovations, technological advancements, sharing of best practices followed across the globe as well as exchanging views and experiences, over the years. Needless to say it has created multitude of opportunities for the locals to partner with international organizations, paving a grand entry for them into the international arena.
Last year alone, nearly 155 exhibitors from various countries including America, Europe, Middle East and Far East took part in the event and attracted as many as 45,000 visitors. This year the organizing committee is expecting double the number than the previous year and hence is gearing up to make it a magnificent and successful event. Based on the previous statistics reports, the Bahrain International Garden Show is visited by agriculture experts, academicians, consumers, enthusiasts, hobbyists, suppliers, investors, VIPs, architects and students.
Elaborating on this year’s (2018) BIGS theme of “Food Safety and Human Health”, her Excellency princess Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al Khalifa who is also the Secretary General of NIAD told that more emphasize would be on healthy and safe procedures to be followed before and after the harvest. Ultimately, to promote “Good Agricultural Practices” (GAP) and production of superior quality agricultural produce all the while ensuring sustainability of environment and food safety.
Stalls from various firms across the world including Italy, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA,China, Japan, India, Mali, UK and India primarily involved in Garden care, leisure, landscaping, design, nursery, educational institutions and agri-produce will be displaying some of their innovative, latest agricultural tools, accessories, methods, technologies, products and services.
In a recently held press meet, Mr. Sailesh Lachu Hiranandani, chairman of SMEXINDO, one of the prominent B2B business firms expressed his gratification in securing a booth at the BIGS along with other big wigs of the industry. He told the media that his company would showcase many of its exquisite, wide-ranging, unique Indonesian products and also expressed his wish to become a major business player in Bahrain.
The official opening ceremony will happen on Feb 21st 2018, around 4 p.m. Entry to visitors will be allowed upon producing entrance tickets that can be bought at the venue priced at BDO.500 per person. However, children below 12 years of age can enjoy free entry.
NIAD has planned to conduct workshops on food quality and taste by prominent Greek companies who have made a mark in the field of organic food production such as producing superior quality organic honey, olive oil, herbs and products made from avocado. In addition to this, there would be competitions on flower arrangements, locally grown vegetables, flowers, experimental plants and even photography. With a motive to enthrall the crowd, there would be various recreational activities and games too.
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