Worldwide exhibitors expected to attend ag exposition

April 22, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

MEXICALI — Hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world will gather about five miles south of this city for the first-ever AgroBaja agriculture exposition April 26-28.

Organizers expect Mexican President Vicente Fox to attend and make a speech Thursday afternoon, the first day of the expo.

Arturo Elias, spokesman for AgroBaja, said the expo will be an annual event and could be in the Imperial Valley next year.

"We have talked to the Farm Bureau, the Agricultural Commissioner's Office and promoted the possibility of an Imperial Valley expo through the Western Growers Association," Elias said.

All those agencies have received free passes for this year's expo that they can give to anyone who wishes to attend.


"It is a chance for farmers and businessmen on both sides of the border to strengthen their business ties," Elias said.

Those who make the trip over the border can expect to find 192 exhibitors showcasing new farming techniques, produce varieties and marketing opportunities.

There will be a cattle auction on Saturday, field trials of new varieties of produce and field crops and an exhibition by tractor manufacturers and field trials of experimental implements.

Elias said one of the things that will make the expo particularly productive will be the opportunity for businessmen to set appointments with exhibitors to discuss and hammer out business deals on site.

That way if an investor were interested in putting money into papaya production in Veracruz, for example, that person would contact officials at AgroBaja, who would set up a conference between a papaya grower and the investor.

The conference area is set up next to the huge food pavilion and booths touting the product of Baja California wine growers.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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