Agritechnica organizers have agreed to work with the Thai government to adapt next year’s event to better target the specific needs of Asian farmers.
DLG, the German Agricultural Society and organizer of the Agritechnica brand – including Agritechnica Asia – has entered into an agreement with Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to ensure the technical program at the 2018 show is tailored more to the local market.
Jens Kremer, deputy managing director of DLG Service, said, “The future cooperation with the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives underlines DLG’s mission of knowledge sharing across borders; exhibitions are an ideal platform to transfer targeted practical solutions. Support from local partners, in this case the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, is crucial in this regard.”
Thailand’s deputy minister of agriculture and cooperatives, Chutima Bunyapraphasara, met with DLG to discuss the potential for future cooperation during a five-day mission to Agritechnica 2017. Ten senior officials from Thailand’s agricultural ministry took part in the mission, as well as representatives from the country’s embassy in Brussels.
The Thai agricultural ministry and DLG hope to develop the agricultural sector in Thailand further. Over the next few weeks both parties will enter into detailed discussions to identify specific topics to be jointly developed. Potential themes include standardized testing procedures for Thai machinery, trainings and seminars for young farmers and demonstration of agricultural machinery.
Bunyapraphasara said that cooperation with DLG was in line with her country’s aim to increase the supply, quality and prices achieved for agricultural products. “We are focused on the implementation of a project to improve agricultural production,” she said. “We want to reduce inequality and create stability in Thailand’s farming sector, and the plans we are implementing include efforts to improve the knowledge of farmers through learning centers and other initiatives, as well as promoting agricultural mechanization to reduce labor requirements and increase efficiency in the sector.”
Next year’s Agritechnica Asia takes place in the Thai capital, Bangkok, from August 22 to 24.
The 2017 show was Agritechnica’s first in Asia – also in Bangkok, it attracted 8,200 visitors and 89 exhibiting companies.