Inauguration of the 24th Agrotica on Wednesday, February 1st

The efforts of the Agricultural Production Sector to conquer the financial crisis can clearly be demonstrated in the 24th International Exhibition of Agricultural Machinery, Equipment & Supplies, "AGROTICA", which begins next Wednesday, February 1st at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre and will run until the 5th of the month. Justifying its reputation as one of the biggest gatherings of the Agricultural Sector in South Eastern Europe, the 24th AGROTICA will attract trade visitors from 25 European countries. AGROTICA will additionally attract international exhibitors from 34 countries, as well as numerous domestic exhibitors from all over Greece. Combined, the AGROTICA exhibition grounds will welcome a total of 745 exhibitors consisting of both Greeks and foreigners.
Moreover, Mr Skandalidis, Minister of Rural Development and Food, will be present, to perform the inauguration of the 24th ARGROTICA, next Wednesday at 19.00 at the Covention Centre N. Germanos. In addition to the members of the ministry of Rural Development and Food, agents of the Agricultural Economy and Production shall also be present including the Manufacturers Association of Agricultural Machinery of Greece, the Panhellenic Union of Young Farmers, ΠΑΣΕΓΕΣ , ΓΕΣΑΣΕ, ΣΥΔΑΣΕ the Agricultural Society of Macedonia and Organizations in the Control and Certification of agricultural products. Educational institutions will also participate in the conference, such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Faculty of Agriculture as well as the TEI Kalamata and the American Farm School.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by significant parallel satellite events including the 14th Meeting of the National Rural Network of Member States and Regions of the EU and the 4th Panhellenic Congress of AGROTICA, entitled "The Progress and Development of New Crops and Technologies in Georgia."
The schedule of events also includes the living room "Tastes and Images from Greece" in Pavilion 7, which with the participation of Local Government present the activities of organizations alongside local agricultural products. In the same pavilion Agrorama, a specially designed space, involving small companies and cottage industries in rural areas aiming at presenting the best methods from the production sector, processing, services and collective local development, will also be in operation.
Furthermore, the 14th Meeting of the National Rural Network will be held on the 2nd February by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and will unite 80 experts in rural development throughout the EU. This meeting however will be closed to the public yet AGROTICA’s choice to organize this meeting demonstrates the importance of the exhibition for developments in the agricultural sector on a European level. The speakers at the 4th Congress of AGROTICA, a collaboration of HELEXPO and the Agricultural School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will address issues such as industrial-herbs, organic farming, beekeeping, pomegranate cultivation and its products etc.. .
The sponsor of the 4th Congress of Agrotica is "Thrace Plastics Group" and of the 24th Agrotica the "Agrenda" Newspaper.
Monday, 30 January, 2012