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4,000 Enterprises Attend 16th China International Agricultural Trade Fair
Date:2018-11-08    Source:MARA

On November 2, the opening ceremony of the 16th China International Agricultural Trade Fair (CATF) hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the People's Government of Hunan Province was held in Changsha. At the same time, the 20th Central China (Hunan) Agriculture Expo and the Ministerial Forum on Global South-South Cooperation in Agriculture were also held. The three significant events have made a grand gathering in support of the implementation of Rural Vitalization Strategy.

During the opening ceremony, Minister Han Changfu stated that, as the most authoritative and comprehensive agricultural exhibition with great influence in China, CATF has been successful held for 16 sessions since 2003. Under the theme of “high-quality agriculture, brand-oriented agriculture, rural vitalization, green development”, the CATF 2018 focuses on advertising and displaying new achievements and experience and establishing a platform for investment cooperation, market expanding and common rural vitalization.

It is reported that the trade fair covers an area of 113,000  m2 including an indoor exhibition area of 108,000 m2  and an outdoor exhibition area of 5,000 m. In addition, the trade fair set up 12 exhibition zones: Rural Vitalization Exhibition Zone, Poverty Alleviation Exhibition Zone, Comprehensive Exhibition Zone for Different Provinces, Hunan Exhibition Zone, Professional Exhibition Zone, Brand Agriculture Exhibition Zone, Featured Industry Exhibition Zone, Land Reclamation Exhibition Zone, Cross-Strait Agricultural Cooperation Exhibition Zone, International Exhibition Zone as well as two outdoor exhibition zones for modern agricultural equipment and comprehensive supporting services. Up to 4,000 enterprises, including over 200 foreign companies from 24 countries and regions such as Uganda, Thailand, India, Malaysia and France, brought with 16,000 exhibits participating in the trade fair and international purchasers from nearly 40 countries such as Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea also attended the trade fair.

During CATF 2018, three guest provinces—Sichuan, Henan and Zhejiang, and two guest countries—Uganda and Thailand, shared their experience and results in developing agriculture and rural economy. At the same time, 13 major events such as the China Rural Vitalization Strategy Summit, the promotion activity of famous agricultural products in China, the activity of connecting production and marketing for agricultural products in poverty-stricken areas and the Forum on Agricultural Risks Management and Agricultural Brands were held.