56th International Fair Of Agriculture And Food
A FRUITFUL, 55th INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD FAIR AGRA
''We have come to the end of the 55th AGRA Fair and as organizers we can be more than satisfied with its outcome, because we can talk now about it in superlatives: 1820 exhibitors from 36 countries on an exhibition area of 72 thousand square meters, which is the most that has ever been presented in the history of the Agra Fair. And the partner country was one of the biggest countries in the world. For the first time the People's Republic of China introduced itself with a national presentation of 24 companies. In addition to China, there were a few other countries that were presented for the first time at the Agra Fair. These are those countries which participated in the international conference of Central and Eastern European countries of the 16 + 1 initiative. There were also the most accompanying events, a 160 of them in all, of which over 90 were expert consultations, lectures, round tables on the most topical issues in agriculture and everyday life.
We presented over 1200 medals in six international expert quality assessments, which is 5 percent more than in the previous year. There were also the most eminent guests, to name just a few: from the Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, four ministers from Central and Eastern European countries and 16 ministerial delegations from Europe. There were many economic delegations. Last but not least, the entire political elite of Slovenia was here, along with the President of the Republic, who opened the fair, the President of the National Assembly and the President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, the Prime Minister, five ministers: for economic development and technology, for labour, family and social affairs and equal opportunities, for defence, for Slovenians abroad and of course the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food , who participated in all important events.
AGRA 2017 earmarked sustainable tourism for development, sustainable farming, and proximity food. If from all the fair content we draw a common theme that intertwined both professional and other events, we could say that it was sustainable development and climate change. Almost all important representatives, both in the field of politics and professions, spoke about these topics.
The participation of all key state professional, business, chamber and state institutions, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, was extremely important for the fair, and apart from the exhibition space, provided the main content of the professional part of the event. It is also important that in Agra 2017 exhibitors did not offer anything and everything, but they offered the best agricultural and forestry machinery, equipment and other things that are intended for agriculture, and they offered that which comes from agriculture in the form of top-quality produce and processed food products.
The common conclusion of the exhibitors and businessmen who visited the fair is that there are many opportunities in the agricultural and food processing industries. We know how to produce top-quality crops, but the price we get is too low. It should also include sustainable development and the prevention of the consequences of climate change. More than 120,000 visitors to the fair in six days, of which over 15 percent were from abroad, are more than we could expect in these droughty August days. It is important that at the fair optimism developed, which is based on satisfied visitors and exhibitors.''
Janez Erjavec, President of the Pomurski sejem Management Board
I.D. CARD AGRA 2017
- 1.820 exhibitors
- 36 participating countries
- 24.000 m2 exhibition space in halls
- 29.000 m2 outdoor exhibition space
- 3.000 m2 animal exhibition space
- 15.300 m2 sample plantations, arena
- Total 71.300 m2 exhibition space
- 120.000 visitors
AGRA's main focus areas were: the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the meeting of the group of Central and Eastern European countries and China 16 + 1, food from our proximity, sustainable farming and forest management, as well as agricultural technology for highly efficient and sustainable farming.
16 + 1
During the AGRA Fair, Slovenia hosted the 12th Agriculture and Trade Forum between the People’s Republic of China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which was one of the most important events of this year in our country. The economic part of the event was held on the opening day of the 55th International Agricultural and Food Fair AGRA 2017. Some of the participating countries also presented themselves in the exhibition venue.
COUNTRY PARTNER OF AGRA FAIR – THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND OTHER STATE PRESENTATIONS
With the presentation of Chinese agricultural and food companies, AGRA offered an excellent business environment for connecting and concluding new business. Important group presentations were also prepared by Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania and Bulgaria.
Agra has presented top-class agricultural, farming, livestock, wine-growing, fruit and forestry machinery produced by the most prominent global and domestic brands, tools and equipment, food and wine, eco food, seeds and seedlings, products for food and plant protection as well as animals, equipment for the food processing industry, winemaking and viticulture, products for sustainable construction and the use of renewable energy sources. Also presented were transport means, art and handicraft products as well as computer farm management solutions. The Slovenian food industry in groups presented grain traders, winemakers and fruit growers.
Indispensable with their professional exhibitions, consultations, business conferences and visitor advice were the most prominent institutions, such as: the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Agriculture and Food Education, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Natural Parks of Slovenia, the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Chamber of Agricultural and Food Companies, the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, the Slovenian Forest Service, the Cooperative Association of Slovenia, the Beekeepers Association of Slovenia, the Association of Tourist Farms of Slovenia, the Association of Rural Youth of Slovenia, development agencies, the network ENSVET energy consultancy for the citizens, , the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Murska Sobota. Other prominent local action groups, institutions, associations, societies and individuals also participated.
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM AND RANK ORGANISATION DAYS
Among the 160 events of the AGRA fair, expert consultations, business meetings, round tables, lectures and presentations of topical issues in agriculture and the food industry attracted a lot of attention. All who produce food for the market or for themselves have received practical and expert advice.
CULINARY AND WINE OFFER
At the exhibition venues of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chamber of Agricultural and Food Companies as well as at the exhibition venues of individual exhibitors, award winning products s were presented from the international quality assessments of meat, dairy products, soft drinks and honey. Vino Slovenija Gornja Radgona held an exhibition of the best wines as well as numerous expertly guided and individual tastings, which were also attended by the 21st Wine Queen of Slovenia, Maja Žibert. In the AGRA kitchen, dishes were prepared in front of visitors that were made from award-winning products of the AGRA Fair international assessments and the fair's gardens. The dishes were offered in free tastings.
Agra's market attracted many visitors to purchase home-made delicacies and products.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS OF ANIMALS AND SAMPLE PLANTATIONS
The fair brought together presentations of indigenous animals, cattle, horses, pigs and small cattle in stables and the fair’s arena; there were also presentations of beekeeping, small animals and fish in a pond. Excellent visits were made to interesting workshops and guided tours in the central fair garden, at the permacultural and demonstration garden, and in the permanent plantation of hops, Slovenian vine selection, and old varieties of apple trees as well as in the forest park plantation.
ACCOMPANYING EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
The AGRA Fair was accompanied by a traditional meeting of Slovenes from the neighbouring countries, the 19th national wood chopping competition for forest owners, a meeting on the day of Austrian Styria, rural women and girls, rural youth, sommeliers, the European Order of Knights of Wine, Consulate for Slovenia, vintage Steyr tractors, selection of the heaviest pumpkin, tug-of-war competition and polka dancing competition, dancing masks of exhibitors, football match of the Slovene wine team. And a permaculture kindergarten for children was also organized.
INVITED TO AGRA FAIR, FROM 25 TO 30.8.2018
Young farmers and rural youth will be intensively involved in the 56th International Agricultural and Food Fair AGRA 2018. They will present generational renewal, accompanied by digitalization, innovation, know-how and networking. To prove that they are on the right track, they will offer visitors a taste of their own wines, crops and products. Together with them, we will focus our eyes on the challenges and development perspectives in agriculture, which are challenges to the survival of humanity and the well-being of all of us in the future.