This week, Ankara hosted the presentation and launch meeting for the upcoming Interfresh Eurasia 2019 fair slated for Oct. 16-18 in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya. Interfresh Eurasia is one of the biggest exhibitions hosted by the country on the fruits, vegetables, storage, packaging and logistics sectors.
Murat Ozer, the head of Antexpo Fairs Inc. -the firm that organized the fair- stated that the event aims to expand its scope, adding two new sections: one for irrigation systems and the other for agricultural machinery and equipment.
He recalled that last year's fair in Antalya hosted 26 different countries arriving as international buyers delegations and individual visitors, while the total number of participants numbered at over 15,500: "The idea is to bring all supply chains together." He added that the exhibition covers stages from growth until "it comes on your plate".
With the support of governmental bodies, ministries and "international friends" -- such as foreign diplomatic missions and trade attaches -- Antalya and Interfresh Eurasia is expected to become a hub for the agricultural industry within a few years, he said.
He also underlined that the main idea of the fair was to boost Turkish exports. Turkey is a "hub and bridge" between Asia and Europe, Ozer stressed and said the country had strong "tools" such as international flights, especially in Antalya where commercial airlines arrive from 250 destinations, as well as visa-free access to Turkey.