LAHORE: Pakistan Horti Expo 2020 will commence from Wednesday (tomorrow) at the Expo Centre, Lahore.
The two-day event is being organised by the Establishment of Model Farms Project (EMFP), an initiative of the agriculture department.
Talking to Profit, an agriculture department official said that more than 100 stalls of seasonal foods and vegetables would be displayed at the expo, adding that the exclusive event would help strengthen relations among domestic and international agriculture players.
“We are expecting 15,000 or more visitors in two days, including more than 6,000 farmers,” he said.
As per the official, the Horti Expo 2019 had attracted more than 150 international and national exhibitors, about 6,000 progressive farmers from across the country, and more than 15,000 visitors, generating a combined total of over 4,000 sales queries.
“This year we will have more than 100 stalls comprising various species of citrus, potatoes and all seasonal vegetables and fruits,” he said, adding that around 30-40 international exhibitors and participants have already reached Pakistan.
He explained that various sectors that will be highlighted in the expo include growers, processors, exporters, machinery manufactures, support services providers, financial institutions and allied stakeholders of the horticulture industry.
Sabir Gondal, a citrus grower from Sargodha, said that he is participating in the expo for the second time. “It is an excellent opportunity for farmers to showcase agriculture products in a secure and peaceful environment to a large audience,” he said.
Agreeing with him, Nasar Rizvi, a potato exporter from Okara, said that he aims to attract international customers at the expo to increase his exports this year.