Food West Africa
Five Pakistani firms will showcase their products at the third edition of Food West Africa, the largest B2B food and beverage industry platform in West Africa, holding at the Landmark Centre in Lagos May 8 -10.
The five companies are related to beverage, juices, confectionary, rice, wheat products, fruit and vegetables, and flexible packaging for food products.
The Agro Food Division at Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) said in a statement that it was convinced to participate in the fair following worldwide appreciation of Pakistani food products.
TDAP said it had been working for seamless participation in international food supply chain by focusing on qualitative improvement of products, availability of cold chain and best available storage facilities, international compliance standards and exploiting natural competitive advantage.
“Economy of Pakistan has maintained growth trajectory and registered growth of 5.28 percent in 2016-2017. This pattern of growth is projected to increase in current year. Agriculture and food sector has been pillar of the economy and Pakistan figures in top commodity producing countries of the world,” the statement said.
It added that Pakistan records annual production of 26.4 million metric tonnes (MT) of wheat, 6.5 million MT of rice, 11.5 million bales of cotton, 1.8 million MT of mangoes, 2.4 million MT of citrus fruit, and so on.
The statement said Pakistan has multiplied exports of traditional agricultural products like rice, mandarin, seafood, mangoes, fresh vegetables, wheat, and sugar, as well as expanded its reach into new product areas such as processed halal meat, entire chain of poultry sector including feed and hatchery, spices, jams, pickels, confectionary, juices and beverages, molasses, tobacco, dairy products, etc.
“Pakistan has simultaneously specialized in production of agricultural machinery like tractors and implements, irrigation machinery, seeds, fertilizers, food packaging, food grade films, crockery, cutlery, and kitchen appliances,” it said.
This edition of Food West Africa, according to its organisers, is expected to attract more than 4,400 industry professionals from 25 countries looking to make new wholesale, retail and food service contacts in the industry as well as host +100 local and international exhibitors showcasing exciting new F&B products, services and equipment from across the globe.
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