AgroFarm reaches new heights
"AgroFarm is a very important event for Russia. We want to cooperate with foreign companies, to develop our own production. The most important fact is that despite the difficult situation, practically all renowned manufacturers came to the show. I am quite sure that they found their customers, consumers and partners here to increase their exports to Russia."
Sergey Lisovskiy, Senior Vice-president of Council of the Federation Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management

AgroFarm reaches new heights

415 exhibitors and 10,100 visitors

Frankfurt, Germany 12 February 2014 - AgroFarm 2014, the international exhibition for animal husbandry and animal breeding held in Moscow 4-6 February 2014, not only reaffirmed its status as the key agricultural event for professionals of livestock and poultry in Russia but also broke several records: The number of exhibitors and floor area were the highest ever and more than 10,000 visitors were registered according to organizers DLG International GmbH and All-Russian Exhibition Centre.

A global event for animal production technologies in Russia
The importance of participating at the AgroFarm exhibition was emphasized by international participants. "Cooperation in the field of animal production between Russia and Denmark continues to strengthen from year to year. This has been confirmed by the participation at AgroFarm. Danish companies have brought their latest developments in animal production and breeding, and this exhibition is a wonderful way to showcase our very latest solutions," said Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Denmark.

This year also saw a significant increase in innovations, with 55 innovation nominations and a final shortlist of 16 awards. Categories included “Best Product – AgroFarm 2014”, "Best Scientific  Development – Agro Farm 2014" and "Best Service – AgroFarm 2014".

For the first time, the exhibition reached the 10,000 visitor milestone. An overwhelming 98 percent of those were professionals. Visitors constituted mainly entrepreneurial farmers – owners and managers of agricultural holdings, and pigs and poultry production farms throughout Russia. According to the preliminary visitor survey results, decision-makers made up about 40 percent of the visitor profile.

The technical program remains one of AgroFarm’s significant draws. The topical relevance of this year’s various focus areas is timely as Russian farm managers continue to grapple with the dynamics of global agricultural markets and price effects. The technical forums this year consisted of 55 specialist events. Highlights included the business forum “Animal Husbandry Production and Processing Strategy: Challenges and Prospects”; the International Poultry Conference “Key markets for poultry products: trends and prospects for producers”; and the Business Meeting “Advanced management systems for pig farming: Russian and foreign practices“. A roundtable “Cost reduction drivers in pig production” discussed the impact of WTO membership on beef cattle. Other seminars were dedicated to aquaculture andrabbit production in Russia.

A key topic this year was reproductive technologies. Russian and international experts addressed topics such as pregnancy detection, oestrus stimulation and synchronisation, optimal timing of insemination, and the use of ultrasound scanners. Herd management systems for heat detection as well as the proper use of pharmaceuticals for the synchronisation and optimisation of reproduction processes were explored. The conferences also addressed ways to increase cattle and pig stock using modern reproductive technologies. Taking place alongside the technical forums was the Annual Meeting of the Russian-Danish Agribusiness Club, the annual event of the Russian milk producers' association "Soyuzmoloko" and the National Association of Industrial Cattle Producers of Russia.

Global leaders and market experts in attendance
Political and business leaders from Russia and abroad were among the speakers and guests. Among the delegates from the policy attending were Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich; Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dmitriy Yuriev, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Gennadiy Onishchenko; head of Russia's veterinary and plant health control agency Rosselhoznadzor Sergei Market experts included Nan Dirk Mulder, Rabobank, Andrey Golokhvastov, Agriconsult, Albert Davleyev, Vice-President of the International Poultry Development Program(IPDP), Investors like Raj Vardhan, Senior Vice-President, Olam International, global producers like Vitor Hugo Brandalise, President, Tyson do Brasil. Animal production market issues and trends with relevance to Russia such as the agricultural economy policy and global market trends and economies along with details on markets for products of animal origin including eggs, milk and meat were discussed with Russian experts.

The next AgroFarm will take place 3-5 February 2015 in Hall 75, All-Russian Exhibition Centre,
Moscow, Russia.
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