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Agro Pack 2024 in Erbil: All set to break records as the largest ever

Expansion to 2 halls enables clear thematic structure

Agro Pack 2024 in Erbil is on track to surpass all previous editions and become the largest agrofood event in Iraq to date.

The overwhelming demand has prompted the organisers, So Fuar and fairtrade, to use both halls of the Erbil International Fairground to offer attendees a comprehensive and intensive experience.

This expansion allows for a clearly defined thematic structure and reflects the commitment to delivering an unparalleled event that meets the diverse needs of exhibitors and visitors alike.

So here is the structure of the 7th edition in 2024:

Hall 1:

  • Food Iraq: A platform for showcasing and trading finished food & beverage products.
  • Agro Iraq: Showcasing agriculture, crop production, livestock breeding, and poultry.

Hall 2:

  • Agro Pack Iraq: Focusing on technology and materials for food and beverage processing, as well as ingredients.
  • Furthermore, the concurrent 4th Plast Iraq complements the value chain, spotlighting plastic raw materials, machinery, equipment for plastics processing, printing, and packaging.

Let’s hear how the exhibitors assessed their participation

Jean Zakka
zakka multitec

Massimiliano Santoro & Emad Altell
Ricciarelli Packaging System / IBC Group

Dashty Hamad
Business Development Manager
Zom Company

Impressive figures underscore Iraq's dynamic agrofood sector growth:

  • Between 2015 and 2022, Iraq’s imports of food and packaging technology increased at an annual growth rate of 15.5%, from €76 million to €209 million, making Iraq the third largest Arab importing country in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and the UAE (VDMA). These technology imports enable Iraq to develop and diversify its own production, increase exports, and substitute imports of consumables.
  • Food imports also surged between 2017 and 2021, with an annual growth rate of 5.3%, rising from US$ 11.245 billion to US$ 13.827 billion (WTO). This solidifies Iraq's position as the third largest food importer in the Arab Middle East, following Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


Agro Pack 2023 surpassed all expectations

Iraq’s leading event for Agriculture, Food Processing & Packaging, Ingredients, and Food & Hospitality industries.

The success story of Agro Pack & Plast Iraq continued also with the 2023 event as 222 exhibitors from 16 countries showcased their innovative products and solutions to thousands of trade visitors from around Iraq and the entire region. Notably, a significant portion of these attendees were esteemed Hosted Buyers, joining in delegations.

The exhibitors came from Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Türkiye, and the United Arab Emirates.

The astounding number of trade visitors surpassed the exhibitors' expectations by far, underscoring the immense interest and substantial investment prospects within the Iraqi agrofood & plastprintpack industry.

The event started with a bang on 19 September 2023 when it was opened by some of the most prominent figures in the industry:

  • Mrs Begard Talabani, Minister of Agriculture
  • Mr Sawar Kamal Hawari, Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry
  • Dr Mohammed Shukri, Chairman of the Board of Investment
  • Mr Omed Khoshnaw, Governor of Erbil

Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, and Türkiye were represented by their respective Consuls General.

Agro Pack Iraq took place at the prestigious Erbil International Fairground from 19 to 21 September 2023, this professionals-only event representing the entire agrofood value chain, from field to fork.

Let’s hear how the exhibitors assessed their participation

Nicolas Belin
Middle East Manager

Rahul Mittal

Grzegorz Borkowski (right)
Commercial Director - STASIN Poultry Plant

Marek Matejka - General Manager - Agrol Matejka

Thank you!

The entire So Fuar & fairtrade team says thank you for your valuable contribution to the success of the event and look forward to seeing you again from 25 - 28 November 2024 for the 7th Agro Pack & 5th Plast Iraq.

The dynamic development of the Iraqi market was also clearly reflected on the exhibitor side. While exhibitors from 10 countries participated in 2022, there were 222 exhibitors from 16 countries in 2023, and for the first time the magic number of more than 200 exhibitors has been exceeded.

Austria Information Stand

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the Austrian Foreign Trade Agency, participated in Agro Pack & Plast Iraq 2023 for the first time.

Representatives of the following companies were present at the stand:

  • Engel Austria GmbH
  • Hechenbichler GmbH
  • Julius Meinl Austria GmbH
  • OVOTHERM International Handels GmbH
  • Rupp Austria GmbH
  • Starlinger Group

China Pavilion

In 2023, 8 Chinese exhibitors made their debut at the event.


For the first time, there was also a notable number of Egyptian exhibitors at the fair, a total of 5.


AHK - The German Liaison Office for Industry and Commerce in Iraq participated in Agro Pack & Plast Iraq 2023, where, for the very first time, it was be present with an information stand. Featuring offices in Erbil and Baghdad, AHK Iraq are excited to showcase the diverse opportunities and collaborations that can be explored between German industries and the dynamic Iraqi market.

India Pavilion

Following the successful participation of 18 Indian exhibitors in 2022, 41 exhibitors showcased their products at the 2023 event. Many of them as part of a pavilion supported by the Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India and ASSOCHAM - The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.


With Fava, Ricciarelli and Storci, 3 renowned Italian companies participated in the 2023 event.

Iran Pavilion

Supported by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, 51 Iranian exhibitors were present in 2023.

Iraqi participation

42 market leaders from Kurdistan and the entire Iraq participated in the 2023 event, nearly twice as many as in 2022.

Netherlands Pavilion

Representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality of the Netherlands in KRI, the agricultural section of the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil hosted 9 Dutch companies at their stand:

  • Amstel Products
  • APH Group
  • Geersing Potato Specialist
  • Hydrosat
  • Ivvest
  • Mesonature
  • Meyn
  • TNA Processing and Packaging Solutions
  • WeepWall

Poland Pavilion

Poland’s participation at the event covered three main topics:

  • Polish Poultry Meat – Supported by the Poultry Meat Promotion Fund
  • Polish Beef – Supported by the Beef Promotion Fund
  • Polish Cereal Grains and Grain Products – Supported by the Fund for the Promotion of Cereal Grains and Grain Products.

The Poland Pavilion is supported by the Association for Innovation in Agriculture and the Kurdish Polish Development Organization.

Saudi Arabia

With Nadec, the first listed agricultural company on the Saudi stock market participated in the show in 2023, a regional market leader in milk, juice and food production.

Türkiye Pavilion

In 2023, 61 Turkish exhibitors were present, supported by the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Trade.

United Arab Emirates

With AgriSea Dubai-India, Aventi Industries and Metro International, 3 renowned companies from the UAE participatied in the 2023 event.

Our partners


  1. Sofuar
  2. fairtrade

Institutional partner

  1. Turkey


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

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