November 2023
Erbil International Fairground
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Agro, Agro Pack & Food Iraq 2022: Expectations far exceeded

7,758 visitors from all over Iraq discussed their business with 196 exhibitors from 10 countries

The 5th Agro Pack & 3rd Plast Iraq 2022 has come to a close. Finally, 196 exhibitors from 10 countries presented their products and solutions to a total of 7,758 visitors, many invited as Hosted Buyers in delegations from all over Iraq.

The large number of trade visitors far exceeded the exhibitors’ expectations, and it reflects the great interest and high investment needs of the Iraqi agrofood & plastprintpack industry.

Organisers So Fuar and fairtrade had welcomed all distinguished guests, exhibitors and visitors to the 5th edition of Agro Pack and the 3rd Plast Iraq from 22 to 24 November 2022 at the Erbil international Fairground.

This year, 196 exhibitors from 10 countries presented products, technologies and solutions specifically tailored for the Iraqi market. The exhibitors came from China, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Türkiye and the United Arab Emirates.

For the first time, Agro Pack & Plast Iraq covered Hall 1 and Hall 2, making it the largest ever!

The event was marked by official country pavilions from India, Iran, the Netherlands and Türkiye, and by a strong presence of local Iraqi and international market leaders in crop and animal production, food, beverage and packaging technology, food & hospitality, plastics raw materials and technology.

What were the objectives of this exhibition? The event aims to help increase Iraq’s self-sufficiency and improve supply.

What the exhibitors said

  • Marion van Schaik

    Dutch Consulate General- for the Netherlands Pavilion

    Here at Agro Pack, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Erbil and the LAN network for Iraq are represented with a group of Dutch companies in the sectors related to agriculture and food.

    The Netherlands and KRI are closely cooperating in the agricultural sector. Especially on knowledge exchange, on strengthening value chains and on partnerships. 

    It is so nice to meet our partners and potential new partners at Agro Pack Iraq. We are also able to introduce the Dutch companies. For us, the Agro Pack Iraq is an excellent meeting platform and a great opportunity to gather market information.

  • Nicolas Belin (left)

    Middle East Manager – Serac

    Serac is a manufacturer with 50 years’ experience of filling and capping machines in bottles and cups for food industry and non-food products and blowing machines for all kind of PET bottles. 

    We see lots of opportunities in Iraq, because it is a big country and the need for local production will grow at fast pace in the coming years to become a major actor in the Middle East. We have met many local companies at the Agro Pack Iraq with growing perspective. We want to reach out to new clients and gain visibility on the local market. Along with presenting our company to local players.

  • Gautam Miglani (middle)

    CEO Marketing – Lekh Raj Narinder Kumar

    Established in 1974, LRNK today enjoys an envious place in the world market as the most quality-conscious in manufacturing and exporting different varieties of rice. 

    The Iraqi market is important to us, because 50% of our business is in this market. We assess that it can grow in the coming years. At Agro Pack Iraq, we have met some old customers and we were able to build new connections.

  • Giovanni Angiolini

    General Manager - Priva Middle East

    Priva was founded over 65 years ago and helps cities transform into sustainable urban deltas by developing cutting-edge technologies, services and knowledge of climate control and process automation for buildings, horticulture and all intermediate sectors.

    Iraq is working hard to maximise its food security strategy. Therefore, we see lots of opportunities for Priva, not only by offering our products and services, but also to collaborate with the government, farmers, retailers and knowledge institutes. 

    We met various representatives from the public and private sectors. Many are very helpful and share the market potential. The interest in horticulture solutions is there, even if this sector is yet a small part of the event.

  • Mostafa Navasi

    Manager Foreign Trade - Bhagwati

    Established in 1991 Bhagwati is one of the leading manufactures and exporters of Basmati rice, with a lot of experience and reliability on high quality standards from farm to destination.

    The Iraqi market holds great potential for our products. Here at Agro Pack 2022, we could meet some new customers, traders as well as local wholesalers.

  • Burhan Kerdige

    CEO - Asel Amg Drinks B.V.

    Asel Amg is a leading producer with offices in Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany, active in the wholesale of beverage products and with a range of certified energy drinks of high quality.

    It is important to us to bring our European quality drinks on the Iraqi market. Agro Pack 2022 has totally met our expectations and provides a great opportunity to us to reach new customers.

What was new in 2022?

For the first time, the event covered the entire value chain from field to fork.

For this purpose, Agro Pack & Plast Iraq were supplemented by Agro Iraq and Food Iraq, and the fair was extended from Hall 1 to Halls 1 and 2 for the first time.

  • Agro Iraq in Hall 2 presented agriculture, crop production, livestock breeding and poultry
  • Agro Pack Iraq in Hall 1 covered technology and material for processing food and beverages, as well as ingredients
  • Food Iraq in Hall 1 showcased and traded finished food & beverage products
  • Plast Iraq in Hall 1 featured plastic raw material in primary forms as well as machinery and equipment for plastics processing, printing and packaging

Official country pavilions in 2022 from India, Iran, Iraq, Netherlands and Türkiye

India Pavilion

India Pavilion for the first time at the 2022 event.

The India Pavilion showcases 18 Indian exhibitors offering the full range of products for the agrofood and plastics industries.

Iran Pavilion

Supported by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, 54 Iranian exhibitors participate in 2022.

Iraqi participation

Market leaders from Kurdistan and the entire Iraq, 40 Iraqi exhibitors in 2022.

Netherlands Pavilion

Netherlands Pavilion - The agricultural section of the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands in KRI. 6 Dutch companies are present on the Netherlands Pavilion.

Türkiye Pavilion

Supported by the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Trade, 75 Turkish exhibitors in 2022. The impressive presentation is rounded off with a lounge that invites Turkish exhibitors and their Iraqi customers to network.

Our partners

Organisers

  1. fairtrade
  2. Sofuar

Institutional partner

  1. Turkey

Official support

Partners

  1. Iraq Chamber of Commerce
  2. Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
  3. Erbil chamber of commerce

Network partner event

  1. drinktec

Venue

  1. EIF Erbil int fair

Media partner

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