The DLG (German Agricultural Society) and the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture have reached an agreement that will see them collaborate on the development of Iranian farming.
DLG president Carl-Albrecht Bartmer, DLG managing director Dr Reinhard Grandke, and Iranian deputy minister of agriculture Abdolmahdi Bakhshandeh signed the deal, which will see closer co-operation between the two countries, during International Green Week in Berlin, Germany, which was held from January 18-24, 2016.
The importance of the agreement was underlined by the fact that Iranian agriculture minister, Mahmoud Hojjati;, Iranian ambassador to Germany, Dr Ali Majedi; and German federal minister of food and agriculture, Christian Schmidt were also present for the signing.
“I believe that by using our know-how not only in the field of trade fairs and field day events but also in machinery and food testing as well as in the training of farmers, we are able to contribute to the development of Iran’s agriculture,” said Bartmer.
DLG further extended its involvement by becoming co-organizer of the annual Agrotech-Agropars exhibition in Iran. The move is a result of the close relationship with key agricultural organizations and farming experts in Iran during the past decade, when delegations from the country have been regular visitors at DLG’s biannual exhibitions Agritechnica and EuroTier.
It comes at a time when Iran’s agricultural sector looks set to enjoy a period of unprecedented growth thanks to renewed political stability. Imports of agricultural machinery into the country reached 210m (US$235m) in 2014, more than double the 102m (US$114m) achieved in 2013.
Agrotech-Agropars is the largest and most important agricultural fair in Iran. Now in its 12th year, the event takes place at the Fars International Exhibition Center, in Shiraz, the capital of the Iranian province of Fars, from April 26-29, 2016. The 2015 fair saw 248 exhibitors present their products, equipment and services to about 60,000 visitors.
February 5, 2016