When the China-Shanxi Agricultural Products Trade Expo, in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, wrapped things up, on Oct 20, it calculated that the total amount of trade and the number of visitors had gone way beyond all expectations.
The five-day expo saw 9,1000 products on display in 18 broad categories. It also had 192 investment projects on offer, worth 60.37 billion yuan ($9.9 billion), for a 30-percent rise from last year’s figure.
And, it had 1,530 trade deals, worth 38.18 billion yuan, up 15 percent, giving a clear indication of just how big the business was. Sales at this year's expo were also better than at the last one, amounting to 50 million yuan, with the daily volume exceeding that of the last two sessions.
It had more than 100 new produce varieties being promoted, such as quinoa from the Jingle county of Xinzhou, bergamot pears from Xi county, organic vegetables from the Xinjiang region, and strawberries from the Qinyuan county of Changzhi, along with new growing technology, such as hydroponics, intelligent greenhouses, and intelligent pigpens, all in the spotlight.
This year's fair offered a newer, more simplified approach, and had lower entry requirements while still maintaining quality. And, by keeping the exhibition area separate from the sales section it was able to boost investment and encourage trade negotiations.