Photo report: First edition HortEx Vietnam

More than 110 exhibitors gathered last week in Ho Chi Minh City to take part in the first edition of the HortEx Vietnam. The level of visitors and the business opportunities in Vietnam and surrounding countries pleased the participants and the dates for the 2019 edition have been set already. But first: picture time!

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Avner Shohet of TAP (Teshuva Agricultural Projects) & 2B Fresh, helping the local market setting up hydroponic projects

A delegation of Australian vegetable growers and industry representatives recently attended the HortEx exhibition in Vietnam. The group was led by Michael Tran of the Western Victoria Vegetable Growers Association with the aim of looking at new developments, and also the potential for exporting Australian products into the developing Vietnamese market. The group also toured a number of farms in the Da Lat region after the exhibition to see first hand how the industry is placed to go forwards with the help of technology.

Visitors and exhibitors
The HortEx Vietnam united participants from over 20 countries worldwide and active either in floriculture or in (supplying) horticulture. From the suppliers part, the Netherlands and Italy were represented strongly. Of the floral participants, most were Taiwanese. The visitors of the exhibition originated from South-East Asian countries mainly: Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, but also up to Korea, Australia, China, US and India.

Most suppliers participating in the show were pleased with the amount and level of visitors. Judging by the interest shown in their products, the market is promising to suppliers. "We have to see how it turns out, but the interest in our products is serious."

Frank Hermans & Luuk Runia (Asian Perlite / Greenhouse Solutions), together with Hans Belt & JP Papaioannou (30 MHz), checking out the opportunities for sensors in the market

Quiedan Company: design, manufacturing and distribution of greenhouse structures. 'Everything grows better with structure'

Scaling up
Both horticulture and floriculture in Vietnam and surrounding countries are scaling up currently. Due to a rising market demand, greenhouses are replacing open field production. Also the government has several development packages, including a VND100-trillion ($4.4 billion) one to develop hi-tech agriculture.

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