After two years of being held entirely virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Horti Asia will return to Thailand on May 25th – 27th, 2022, at BITEC, Bangkok. The Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok, in collaboration with the Horticultural Science Society of Thailand and VNU Asia Pacific, and DLG Thai, co-organized the press conference “The Netherlands in Horti Asia 2022; Challenge & Solution” on 25th April 2022 at the Residence of the Netherlands Ambassador.
Horticultural experts from Thai & Dutch companies, governmental agencies, and associations were invited to share their experiences and perspectives in Thai – Dutch horticulture during the pitch presentation at the press conference.
“The Netherlands has a lot of experience in Horticulture. Dutch horticultural entrepreneurs are innovating and improving their production systems continuously with the help of research institutes and governmental organizations. The collaboration between government, entrepreneurs, and research institutions has boosted the pace of innovation in my country, enabling us to attain the highest efficiency in agricultural technology in the world.”, said Dr. Gijs Theunissen DVM, The Netherlands Agricultural Counsellor.
“AGRITECHNICA ASIA & HORTI ASIA, the agricultural and horticultural machinery community for Asia, is once again ready to meet face-to-face in Bangkok. Due to the ease of international travel and entry into Thailand, we have 150+ companies exhibiting and 300 brands from 26 countries showcasing their innovations at the fair. The trade fairs are supported by the official co-host, the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,” Ms. Panadda Kongma, Director of Agribusiness and Operations, VNU Asia Pacific, commented.
”Agriculture is a Thai heritage passed down from generation to generation. Agriculture and farmers are also the country’s backbone. HORTI ASIA can help us to update the knowledge and get a better understanding of precision agriculture, food safety, and agricultural sustainability in Thailand,” said Dr. Soontorn Pipitsangchan, President of Horticultural Science Society of Thailand
“National Omics Center (NSTDA) offers a rapid, accurate, and affordable DNA-based purity testing service for various F1 hybrid seeds such as corn, watermelon, tomato, chili pepper, and cucumber. We also provide a DNA fingerprint-based cultivar identification service capable of distinguishing closely related individuals. Our genotyping platform can handle several thousand samples a week, enabling a quick service turnaround time. NSTDA is working on the Genome technology, which plays an important role in Horticulture,” explained Dr. Wirulda Nik Pootakham, National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand
“Department of Agriculture (DOA) Thailand is not only a plant research agency but also an agro-tourism one nationwide with DOA's learning and relaxation resources. Agro-Tourism is an alternative tourism industry that's active year-round anywhere in the country. Thailand has all kinds of resources: good seasonal fruit, excellent Thai desserts, Quality coffee, and other delicious dishes.” Ms. Supattra Lertwatanakiat, Department of Agriculture, Thailand
“Next-generation entrepreneurs can lead Thailand to the global top. New entry growers are tech orienteering, young, and love controlling and automating things. Today PRIVA is solely leading the global industry with self-driving greenhouses and vertical farming. Additionally, we also have the free online course which the agriculture entrepreneur can attend themselves,” Mr. Manuel Madani, General Manager of Priva South – East Asia.
“The local farmer is one of our main visitor groups. This year Thailand Smart Farming Pavilion was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to show smart farming is not only for large-scale farmers but also for small-scale farmers. For instance, in another scope, using mobile applications or working with drone service providers,” Ms. Katharina Staske, Managing Director of DLG Thai.