As one of the few horticultural shows, the Mexican event Expo Agroalimentaria has taken place. The last couple of days the exhibition location in Irapuato was the hotspot for the horticultural industry. The event was smaller and more local than usual, yet still attracted interested growers.
The 25th edition of Expo Agroalimentaria de Guanajuato began this Tuesday, where already being held marks a historical fact, as it has become the first fair in the agri-food sector in the continent to be held through a hybrid format, that is, in person only for those agro-producers interested in doing business, as well as digitally, where those interested in the sector could follow the conferences on new products and technologies applicable to the field.
Well-known exhibitors like Fibredust, Plantlogic, Koppert and Richel were present on the eventand also breeders showed their greenhouse trials both in the field as well as digitally. "We've seen less traffic than usual but still connected with a few folks", Sam Ahilan with Fibredust shares. Since the company is helping many growers with their coco substrates, they did not want to miss out on the event. Amongst their customers vegetable growers and also many berry growers, a growing sector and one that they want to help continue developing. "We exhibited our coir from Indian, Sri Lankan and Mexican facilities", Sam shows and also revealing their activities in the berry market. "The FD Berries was exhibiting its variety of berries available for sale to the world market. Excellent growth of FD berries in less than 3 years to touch 300 acre mile stone."
The breeding trials that the show is well-known for also took place in a hybrid way. The greenhouses were filled with plants and at the same time people could visit them online, via videos. This way growers can peak into the portfolios of ao. Syngenta, Bayer, Vilmorin, Enza Zaden. Find an example of a digital tour here.
Lilian Ibarra Retana, director of Expo Agroalimentaria Guanajuato, said that since this is the most important event for agribusiness in Latin America, it was also necessary to show that the countryside does not stop and that even in the most complicated times the world is going through, the agribusiness sector has known about the opportunities it has to continue being active. "In the year of our 25th anniversary, circumstances forced us to value what is truly important, life, and to take advantage of the efforts of science and technology to carry out its essential activities", she said.
"What better opportunity to capitalize on our progress than our twenty-fifth edition of Expo Agroalimentaria 2020, an unbeatable occasion to show that the countryside does not stop, that it is essential for life and that it is transformed into a platform for doing macro-businesses, that it is capable of turning any global adversity into an equally proven opportunity and that physical distance is not an impediment to acquiring knowledge and strengthening ties," said the director of Expo Agroalimentaria in a video to mark the beginning of this agro-industrial fair.
For this edition, access was restricted only to growers interested in doing business and learning about new technologies that will be applied from this and next year in the field in different parts of the world. Unlike other editions, this time the access was controlled with filters for taking temperature and placing antibacterial gel, besides the long lines that in other years were not seen, because only people interested in participating in the event are entering. Access is restricted to children, pregnant women, as well as students.
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