June 8-11, 2016 in Kiev was XXVIII International Agro-Industrial Exhibition "AGRO-2016", which is one of the most important events in the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine. Large-scale thematic events were held within the framework of AGRO-2016: "Ukrainian Innovative Agro-Industrial Forum'16" under the patronage of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, as well as the AG Tech Forum: “High technology for agriculture." At the exhibition the whole complex was presented from the latest innovations in mechanical engineering to the final products of the agricultural sector.
More than 1,200 companies from 15 countries took part in the forum. In particular, representatives of the top management of organizations such as the EBRD, IFC, Agro Generation, Case IH, FAO, Svarog West Group, KUHN, DuPont Pioneer, FAO, Platinum Arabia, Horizon Capital, Bayer, McKinsey & Co, Vimal.
Participants discussed the role of state innovations in the agro-industrial sector, the investment climate in Ukraine, its prospects and conditions, and noted organic production as a priority in the agricultural sector.
The team of SPPBU also took part in AGRO 2016 and during the exhibition met farmers who want to learn or already successfully grow pulses in their fields. Ukrainian agrarians turned to us for consultations regarding the specifics of organic cultivation of pulse crops such as soybeans, lentils, chickpeas, red beans. We held useful meetings with Ukrainian research institutes, representatives of Ukrainian agro-companies, producers of mineral fertilizers. In particular, it was possible to meet with Andrei Vasilievich Vdovichenko, director of the Skvir Research Station of the Institute of Agro-ecology and Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences, and discuss the specifics of organic cultivation of chickpea and lentil. We express our gratitude for the invitation to participate and continue our conversation during the Field Day, which will be held on June 22, 2016 at Skvir Research Station in Skvira, Kiev region, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Restricted Agriculture FiBL (Switzerland).
Such exhibitions are a certain compass for agrarians in understanding, how the industry develops, new technologies, product range and expectations of the agricultural market. All this gives a push to the participants of the domestic agricultural sector for further development and maintenance of competitiveness at the national and international level. Our producers not only discover the EU market, but also go to other world's largest food markets in China and South Asia. Therefore, their strategy, technological level of production and quality of products must meet the needs of international consumers and investors.