Crusoe Osagie

In a bid to achieve self-reliance in meeting the country’s food and agricultural products needs, Promosalons Nigeria and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCI), are planning a trade delegation comprising of Nigerian companies to this year’s agricultural and food sector trade show scheduled to hold on April 18 to 21, 2016 in Algiers, Algeria.

The Managing Director, Promosalons Nigeria, Cameroun and Gabon, Mr. Akin Akinbola, explained that the fair, which is Africa’s number one global food market place for the food industry, will help to reposition the fast pace sector on how best to improve their products and services‎ to meet international standards.

Akinbola said in a statement to THISDAY that ‎the Nigerian food industry is growing at a high pace, where players in the sector are coming up with ideas and innovations on how best to improve their products and services, saying that the fair tagged Djazagro 2016, is very important and provides the perfect opportunity for the ongoing food transformation process in the Nigerian Agro-Allied industry potentials to be fully realised.

He said the fair will showcase players in the agro-food sector and also the melting point for major players in the continent’s food sector who wish to improve their products’ quality and services delivery to international standards.

He added that about 21,000 professional visitors and 700 exhibitors from around the world will participate in the food show, stating that ‎in 2015, the food expo was the biggest agro-food show in Algeria, with about 93 per cent of visitors coming from the country.

According to him, the number of exhibitors in 2015 recorded about 637 exhibitors with 43 per cent first timers and 76 per cent internationals, representing 78 per cent of the exhibition’s total surface area.

As a result of growing demand, the 2016 edition will strengthen its communications across the North Africa region, whilst opening up to Sub-Saharan Africa. The show will be spread across 4 halls allowing the catering sector to have a more prominent position, as it separates from the bakery section,” he said.

‎He said the sectors represented at the trade show will include ‎equipment and machines for processing and packaging food; fragrances and ingredients ; bakery and pastry-making; finished food products and beverages ‎and catering.

“For this reason, we would be partnering with the foremost Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry to organise a delegation for key players in the Nigerian agriculture and food Industry to meet and interact with professionals, and exhibitors from more than 200 countries,‎ have one-on-one business meetings upon request and provide opportunities for participants to have an overview of the agribusiness industry, food trends and innovations worldwide. We hope to establish long lasting relations, sharing expertise and experience, present new projects and lay foundations for fruitful collaborations,” he added.