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Increasing and sustaining local animal production capacities in order to address the challenge of the food security threat in the MENA region.

Senior leadership at the helm of the three largest animal farming conglomerates in the middle east share their insights on the challenges and opportunities in the livestock industry at the preview of EuroTier Middle East 2022 at EuroTier digital.

Organizers of EuroTier Middle East, DLG International GmbH, previewed the upcoming 2nd edition of the animal farming trade fair, taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition and Convention Center form 21-23 March 2022, at EuroTier digital.

EuroTier Middle East is the meeting point for the regions’ leading animal production industry experts and decision makers. The attendees of the preview of EuroTier Middle East 2021 at EuroTier digital, had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion comprising of the executive committee members of three of the largest organizations in the animal farming industry in the region.

The opening panel discussion at the EuroTier Middle East preview day titled “Challenges Chances and challenges in the animal production industry in the United Arab Emirates" comprised of the following panel members - Mr. Edward Hamod, COO National Holding (NFFPM), Mr. Alan Smith, CEO Agthia Group Pjsc and Mr. Gianluca Fabbri, Group CFO, Al Dahra.

The opening panel discussion at the EuroTier Middle East preview day titled “Challenges Chances and challenges in the animal production industry in the United Arab Emirates" comprised of the following panel members - Mr. Edward Hamod, COO National Holding (NFFPM), Mr. Alan Smith, CEO Agthia Group Pjsc and Mr. Gianluca Fabbri, Group CFO, Al Dahra

Food security in the middle east and the aim to reach self-sufficiency

When speaking about local production the panelists concurred on the fact that the emirates have very high standards in terms of the quality of supplies used in production and therefore the high quality of the end product as well. However to improve the quantity of local production leveraging technology and innovation through science is of paramount importance and matching that with infrastructure and investment. Mr. Gianluca Fabbri, Group CFO of Al Dahra said: Government and regulators are key players in addressing these two factors and luckily in the middle east there is good leadership who are attentive and supportive on these issues.

Structure of the animal farming industry in the middle east

Agthia CEO, Alan Smith mentioned that commercial farms contribute to 45% of the feed sales of Agthia and the rest are comprised of private farms. This highlights the potential of a growing commercial farming sector in the middle east as local demand has been steadily rising over the years as well as demand for locally produced high quality produce. Addressing the growth opportunity for commercial farming in the middle east Mr. Smith said “ The challenge is based on economics, the local farms are producing in challenging environments and are competing with imports that are being sold at a price much lower than the production costs of the local producers. Regulations on import tax might protect local producers and therefore allow them to be profitable which in turn will allow them to produce more, in addition to getting them access to top quality supplies, technology and education.”

Areas of investment in the middle east animal farming industry

Certain kinds of livestock segments are still profitable especially if the government subsidies continue. The panelists agreed that the poultry and dairy industries in the UAE are less developed as compared to Saudi Arabia and the advantage for local producers over lower priced imports is that they have a fresh local product and lower logistical issues.

It is a long term balancing act to bring together the right conditions that make it economically viable for more commercial animal farms to start producing in the UAE, which includes the subsidy program for the animal farming supplies such as animal feed and the import taxes on foreign products coming into the country. Mr. Edward Hamod, COO National Holding (NFFPM), reinforced the point by adding: It is critical to find the right economically viable balance between local production and imports.

The full panel discussion on Chances and Challenges Chances and challenges in the animal production industry in the United Arab Emirates": https://eurotier.digital.dlg.org/eventdate/Key-Note-Speech-Chances-and-challenges-in-the-animal-production-industry-in-the-United-Arab-Emirates--international_28

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The entire technical program of the EuroTier Middle East Preview Day which took place on 10 February 2021 can be viewed on the EuroTier digital platform under the International Spotlight channel here: https://eurotier.digital.dlg.org/program

EuroTier Middle East is an international trade platform where professionals from the regional and global animal farming industry meet and grow their network in order to reach their business objectives. EuroTier Middle East provides business with know-how and a network of experts, partners and suppliers all under one roof.

The previous edition of EuroTier Middle East in numbers:

  • 120 exhibitors and  150 companies from 16 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the country of honor.
  • 11,000 visitors over three days from 40 countries across a range of roles and livestock farming segments.
  • The EuroTier Middle East technical program covers a wide variety of trending and key topics: 30 global experts over 3 days
  • Top Breed Market 6,500 live animals and  175 breeders: the largest live animal show in the region.

EuroTier Middle East 2021 will premiere the middle east edition of the World Poultry Show and the Aquaculture Zone as well as the 2nd edition of the largest indoor live animal show and auction The Top Breed Market and the official launch of the Union of Arab Poultry Producers.