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People From All Over World Visit Tulare Ag Expo for Business

More than 100,000 people attended the three-day, world's largest farm show in Tulare County. Many visitors travelled from all over the world.

From all over the world, visitors travelled to the International Agri-Center in Tulare for the World Ag Expo.

Inside the world's largest farm show is the International Business Center.

Zakirai Saidu Ali has a farm in Nigeria, and he travelled thousands of miles to learn new innovations and take ideas back to his home country.

"The way we are irrigating our crops, I discovered we are wasting a lot of water. But the system I saw now, right now, I know I am going to save a lot of water with the new system I discovered," Ali says.

The U.S. Department of Commerce pre-arranged business meetings between pre-qualified foreign buyers and exhibitors. By halfway through the second day of the three-day event, about 60 business meetings had already taken place, according to Glen Roberts with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

"We have the cultural experience that's just turned out to be really wonderful and then on top of that you have a few companies that are actually walking away with deals, and that's good for our economy," Roberts says.

To help facilitate the business meetings, foreign exchange students were among the dozens of interpreters who helped connect companies with buyers, turning a farm show into a rich cultural experience.

"I met people from New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and it's I think it's a big experience to meet people from different countries," says 17-year-old Farah Mammadovah, who is from Azerbaijan.

"You talk to influential business people from all around the world," adds Ruslan Askarov, a foreign exchange student from Kazakstan. "Now I have confidence, and I know certain questions I can ask, and it's very interesting to talk to them, and sometimes you get some opportunities."

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