TEL AVIV (Sep. 25)
More than 4,000 foreign visitors attended Agritech-86, the week-long exhibition of Israeli agricultural technology at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds which closed Thursday.
According to the organizers, the attendance was double the number expected, and many orders were placed for Israeli agricultural equipment by representatives of Asian, African and Eastern European countries with which Israel has no diplomatic ties. About 20 percent of the overseas buyers were from Spain, which established diplomatic relations with Israel early this year.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT
But the highlight of the event was the agreement between an Israeli firm manufacturing irrigation equipment and the Chinese National Institute for Agricultural Research for the Israelis to build a five-acre permanent model exhibit in Beijing.
The deal was especially significant because the official delegation of the People’s Republic of China which was scheduled to attend the fair, cancelled at the last minute.
Nevertheless, the Israel Export Institute reported that China has contracted to buy Israeli plants and a Singapore merchant signed contracts for the large-scale purchase of Israeli agricultural equipment for shipment to China.