More than 850,000 people visited the various centers of the 14th International Agricultural Exhibition in Morocco (SIAM), announced Sunday in Meknes, the curator of the Salon Jaouad Chami.
“We have seen a massive turnout of over 850,000 visitors, with Saturday having set a record attendance of nearly 320,000,” said Chami in a statement at the closing of the 14th edition of the SIAM.
The visitors, he continued, have not stopped coming en masse during the 6 days of the show, “braving the rain to visit the SIAM and we are happy with the level of attendance reached this year”, he argued.
He also noted that a particular enthusiasm was noted for the sector of the products of the soil where not less than 325 cooperatives, mainly feminine took part, with their various products.
“The questionnaires that we received from the exhibitors mention the sale of all the goods stored during the week of the fair that is taking place on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, so that some cooperatives have realized until 80% of their annual turnover,” said the SIAM commissioner.
This commercial intensity, he added, was also noted in other areas, including the machinery where several pieces of equipment were sold, with exhibitors making more than 3% of their annual turnover.
In addition, Chami welcomed the quality of foreign visitors, stating that around 200 B2B meetings were organized between operators from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and their Moroccan counterparts. “We are convinced that these meetings will give a boost to Moroccan exports, especially those outside Europe”.
Thus, he indicated that the pole “International” (500 exhibitors) had a remarkable participation of the African countries come to expose their agricultural potentialities, welcoming the Africanity of the Salon which is confirmed over the years.
Chami also highlighted the quality participation of Switzerland, guest of honor of SIAM 2019 and distinguished by a very attractive pavilion.
Returning to the theme chosen this year, “agriculture, employment lever and future of the rural world”, the SIAM commissioner expressed his satisfaction with the influx of young people with ideas and innovative projects. These young people seized this opportunity to benefit from the advice, support, guidance and training projects needed, in addition to funding pledges from financial institutions.
And to conclude that with a growing area of 11% to 18.5 ha of development out of a total of 32 ha, the SIAM stands out as one of the great salons of the world thanks to the solicitude surrounding of King Mohammed VI this project and the combined efforts of all public and private actors.