Thousands to visit Bahrain Garden Show
Manama, February 21, 2013
Tens of thousands are expected to flock to the ninth annual Bahrain International Garden Show (Bigs) which will feature a variety of exhibits, garden displays, agricultural produce and workshops.
The show will open on February 27 under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad with support from HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty and National Initiative for Agricultural Development president, our sister newspaper, the Gulf Daily News reported.
"This year we're very proud to have the biggest occupancy so far," said Bigs general co-ordinator Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa at a press conference yesterday at the Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre.
"This year's theme is 'Investing in Agriculture', and the theme stand is sponsored by the National Bank of Bahrain."
The bank has established the BD100 million ($263.7 million) Gheda Fund in partnership with the Finance Ministry.
"The Gheda Fund invests in feasible projects and technologies in the sectors of agriculture. Not just the planting aspects, but farming in terms of dairy, fish, livestock and poultry as well," added Shaikha Maram.
"Through this, we aim to achieve full security for the country in the future, or at least some level of self-sufficiency so that we can reduce imports."
Shaikha Maram said the show will also showcase the challenges facing the agricultural industry in Bahrain, along with suggested solutions.
"We will also state the national strategy for agriculture development launched by the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry," she explained.
"It's their framework for how to proceed in the future, and it's important for the public to have access to it."
A number of organisations that offer financial, technical and educational support to potential investors and business owners will also be showcased at the event to increase public awareness of services available in the country.
Shaikha Maram also announced the participation of Australian artist Christopher Hogan.
"He is a philanthropist who often works to support children with special needs and those in developing countries," she said.
"He will conduct a workshop with a flower theme at Bigs teaching abstract art.
"He will also sell his work and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a Bahraini charity."
Meanwhile, Shaikha Maram said the 48th annual Amateur Flower and Vegetable Competition is still open for entries, with submissions closing on Tuesday.
Those interested should contact the Bahrain Garden Club.
"We will also host six of the best farmers from the weekly Farmer's Market in Budaiya to give visitors a taste of the produce available locally," she added.
Bigs will be open to the public from February 28 until March 2, from 10am until 9pm at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Entry for adults costs 500 fils for a three day pass, and is free for children. – TradeArabia News Service
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