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We are deeply satisfied with the exhibition, especially with the quality of the implementation. We have not only met our customers from projects that are already up and running here, but also established contacts with potential new customers, highly expert visitors. Exhibitions vary from country to country. Why did we select this exhibition in Russia? Because this is where the managers of farms and companies with a wide variety of special fields come to us – ranging from cattle to pigs and poultry. As a result we can discuss a broad palette of projects. We also meet investors working in various fields and find this very interesting. This is an exhibition for experts in the specific sectors – it is important to keep it in our sights.
Tanguy Pestel, Managing Director I-TEK Elevage
AgroFarm is the most important exhibition in Russia and naturally we want to be a part of it. This year we have expanded our participation – and this is the largest stand we have ever had at an AgroFarm exhibition. We have two key teams here. One looks after our sheep and goats, one of our main lines of business. Our second team is responsible for customer service. We sell milking machinery and equipment and our staff advise customers interested in dairy production – and we have a large number of customers in this field. We hope that we will also be able to help sheep and goat husbandry to gain a very strong footing in Russia. We see incredible potential in this sector, as well as in dairy production. We are happy to be here.
Bo Wejfeldt, Market Development Director, ZAO Delaval
First of all, I think AgroFarm is well organised. Everything is nice and well planned. The information we have got – there is no problem with that. And our expectation for the Russian market is to find new big, full line projects for pig production. We have built up a lot of projects over here during the last years and now we want to find new ones. And of course our expectation is also to find new dealers for distributing our products here in Russia.
Torben T. Olesen, Sales Manager, Aco Funki A/S
The importance of AgroFarm should not be underestimated. For the poultry industry especially, events such as AgroFarm are nowadays of major benefit thanks to the intensive exchange of experience with other countries. We hope that the exhibition will assist us in selecting technologies that will bring us further and help us to achieve more effective production methods for our products. The importance of the poultry sector is evident from the market share enjoyed by poultry meat that has now reached 60 %. I should like to thank the organizers for the opportunity they have given us to get to know Western technologies. We hope that we will be able to participate in this exhibition even more intensively next year and can organize a large number of meetings.
Galina Bobyleva, Managing Director of the Russian Poultry Association Rospticesoyuz
This is already the fifth AgroFarm exhibition – that means that five years have passed since the launch. During these five years the volume of industrial pig farming has practically tripled, and it promises to double again within the next five years. In view of such headlong growth, even the tiniest accompanying details are particularly important. All further developments concerned with feeding, husbandry, genetics or veterinary care are precisely the features on show on the stands at AgroFarm.
We have a difficult year behind us – especially as regards the increase in grain prices. The focus is now shifting to issues such as reducing on-farm costs and stabilizing them within reasonable frameworks. Special technologies, preparations and specialists that can satisfy these requirements have to be found. This exhibition offers us such opportunities. Many thanks to the organizers because such events – like blood vessels carrying blood to all major organs of the body – are vital for ensuring progressive growth in all fields of activity. The impact of AgroFarm – and I am quite sure that we shall see this – will be enormous.
Yuriy Kovalev, Managing Director of the Russian Pig Farmers Association
It is encouraging that the number of exhibitors is growing continuously. It is also noteworthy that international participation is growing too – these are companies who supply technology, genetics, machinery and equipment. Interest in technological development is very high in Russia. It is important for Russian companies too to offer technology solutions for efficient production. The entire exhibition programme is impressive. All stages of production are covered here – genetics, selection, veterinary care, feedstuffs, machinery and equipment, animal husbandry and breeding, fattening and so on. The focus here is on cooperation in sharing technology.
Our task is to identify changes in advance, to forecast them and to be ready for them. Only then will our shop counters be full. It is not the strongest and not the cleverest that survive, but those who are most open to accepting change and who can absorb and adjust to what is new.
Sergei Yushin, President of the Russian Meat Association
The exhibition has left a lasting impression because the government has devoted far more attention to the current problems in agriculture. We can build up the sector again – we simply have to use the right machinery and equipment. AgroFarm impressed me – many managers visited us, understanding that machinery and equipment can contribute to the competitiveness of their farms.
Sergei Strelcov, Managing Director of the Russian representative office of Schauer Agrotronic GmbH
This is now my fourth AgroFarm. The exhibition has developed incredibly. I find this new hall very positive for the show’s image. How do I assess the post-crisis situation? We had some expert visitors - or rather solely expert visitors - who in my opinion are also interested in German genetics. We have now developed quite a reputation in Russia. People are showing interest once again and they are more open than they were two years ago during the crisis. The firms and companies are doing better, that is evident. This makes them freer in their decisions about buying equipment or tackling new projects. I think that the prospects in the dairy market here in Russia are very good too. The general economic situation has improved distinctly in my opinion. The entire infrastructure at AgroFarm has improved substantially as well. When I think of the first AgroFarm, DLG has made a terrific achievement. It invested a great deal of pioneering and construction work. We would like to praise Olga Hunger and her team - they have really organized everything well. The German pavilion that was organized via IFW-Expo also deserves ever more attention and credit. Above all it has created a meeting place here not just for Germans, but also for many customers who visited the German pavilion specifically.
Hans-Martin Seidl, Besamungsverein Neustadt a.d. Aisch e.V.
As the representative of the German Embassy and as agricultural officer there, I am visiting AgroFarm for the third time now and must say that it grows larger and more professional from year to year. The number of firms exhibiting here is evidently also growing. This is backed up by the fact that 37 German companies are now taking part in AgroFarm, and as I have heard so far they aim to make use of the good business relations in Moscow to sign interesting contracts.
Axel Stockmann, Head of the Department for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow
The firm Guerletube is one of the best-known in Europe in the field of tubular structures for animal husbandry. We are taking part in AgroFarm for the fourth time this year. We hope to meet both dealers for our products and architects and companies specializing in animal husbandry buildings at the exhibition in order to make use of our experience in this field. As regards the first day of the exhibition, we believe that we have already been able to establish a number of useful contacts and we are very satisfied.
Jean-Paul Guerlet, General Manager, Guerletube
The AgroFarm 2011 exhibition has been a great success for us. There were many more visitors than we saw last year. And I must also say that it can be felt clearly this year that the market is limbering up again and that demand for our equipment and our products has increased considerably. We are very happy that there is such brisk interest in dairy production in Russia again and we hope that this will last. I personally hope that the AgroFarm exhibition will consolidate its position as main exhibition for agriculture in Moscow and for Russia.
Björne Drechsler, Managing Director, OOO Gea Farm Technologies Rus
The exhibition has grown enormously. Firstly with the new exhibition hall that is most impressive, secondly with the varied programme covering animals, machinery and equipment, science and education – it's all there. Basically AgroFarm covers the full spectrum of animal production adapted to the needs of Russian farmers. I believe we should appreciate it accordingly. The fact that our Minister of Agriculture, the Director of Rosselkhoznadzor and the Managing Directors of nearly all the Departments at the Ministry of Agriculture have visited AgroFarm reflects the high regard in which this exhibition is held. And I hope that this will be an indicator for the coming year for all of us, not least in view of the problems currently existing in animal husbandry and in meat and dairy production.
Andrei Danilenko, Chairman of the National Association of dairy farmers "Sojuzmoloko", Chairman of the Public Council of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture
We met very interesting people, distributers and users at the AgroFarm. It is very intersting to speak with them to see the way they are organising the farms and the management. We are looking for dealers, distributers, but also to understand the way the business is working here.
Jean-Vincent Bioret, Managing Director, Bioret Agri
AgroFarm has always been one of the most important exhibitions for us because this is where we meet our end consumers, the farmers, and can discuss basics with them. The first day fulfilled all our expectations. Today many visitors as well as many dealers came to our stand. It is important for us to pass our knowledge on to the farmers and we are willing to share our know-how with them. Farmers need to know what they can achieve by using machinery and equipment correctly and looking after animals properly. They ought to know who they can ask when they need expert advice to solve a problem. We are ready not only to advise them, but also to support them.
Anna Perederi, Sales Manager Eastern Europe, Mayer Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbH
We come to AgroFarm regularly. In fact we have been here right from the beginning. We believe that this exhibition improves from year to year and this year it has gone particularly well. It is a wonderful exhibition and a very good trade fair specifically for Russian conditions. We have established many new contacts this year. This year our expectations regarding new contacts have been satisfied completely. We have collected a number of good addresses and I think we shall definitely see some post-exhibition business.
Erwin Zimmermann, General Manager, Zimmermann Stalltechnik GmbH
We are now taking part in AgroFarm for the fourth time. We are more than satisfied with the exhibition. Preparations for AgroFarm were conducted professionally – and the organizers deserve great praise for this. The number of visitors on our stand during the first two days of the exhibition surpassed all our expectations. We had absolutely no time to take a deep breath because we were talking to customers non-stop. New customers were waiting all the time to talk to us. We are very pleased and hope that the results will prove to be advantageous for us.
Valerij Kurocapov, Managing Director, OOO AG-Bag Russland
It is very important for us to take part in this exhibition. We have come here for the fourth time this year because we see a great future in the Russian agricultural sector. We have had two very interesting, eventful, but also exhausting days, with lots of really informative discussions. The public here are experts, know their subject very well, and that is very interesting. For us as suppliers and manufacturers this repeatedly brings new impulses because we hear questions that we might possibly never hear anywhere else. In so far we believe that we give something to this exhibition, but also take something home with us. We find the exhibition is very well organized. The venue is favourable, easy to reach and very compact. The timing is good as well. Coming before the start of the season is very important – this is the time when farmers and farm managers take decisions on whether and what to buy and it means that we are here when they decide. And moreover we can offer what they need. So altogether we are very satisfied with this exhibition and we hope that it will continue to be held in this way.
Siegfried Meise, Sales Manager, RKW SE
We met our partners at this exhibition. And in addition to the partners we have been working with for many years, we also found potential new customers. This is our first AgroFarm and we believe that we have been able to gather here a great number of positive experiences. It was surprising and extremely encouraging for us to learn that we have won the award "AgroFarm Best Service".
Michael Hartmann, Managing Director, Hartmann Lebensmitteltechnik GmbH
I would say that taking part in AgroFarm as exhibitor has developed to become a good tradition for us. What I like particularly about this exhibition is that the research performed is transformed into technologies, machinery and equipment. If I may cite Dostoyevsky, I would like to reword it a little, "Learn and visit AgroFarm, life will do the rest for you".
Vladimir Fisinin, President of the Russian Poultry Association, First Vice President of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.