Landkom, Fertilizers Europe and Kverneland Speak about the Viability of Sustainable Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe Ahead of AgriYield 2010

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Ahead of the most important Agri-show in the CEE, AgriUpdate spoke to C-level executives from Landkom International, Fertilizers Europe and the Kverneland Group about whether sustainable agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe was a viable short term prospect.

Food security is THE agricultural buzz word of the year. The question of how to ensure our food sources has been further compounded this year with devastating droughts in Russia and severe flooding in Canada and Pakistan. Yield maximisation is a concern that will be tackled head-on at AgriYield 2010: The Central and Eastern European Agricultural Yield and Input Optimisation Summit. Event organisers AgriUpdate (part of the FC Business Intelligence Group) spoke to four leading executives and speakers at the conference to find out more.

These agricultural heavyweights speaking at November’s event in Prague offered a variety of opinions and reasons as to why agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe might (or might not!) be able to achieve the much-needed productivity in a sustainable way. All four recognise that maximising yield is the number one priority in the agricultural market today.

Vitaliy Skotsyk, the CEO of one of the largest crop producing companies in the region writes: ‘I think when commodities prices went up in 2008 and people were discussing about growing population and possible shortage of food the problem was not fully understood. This year just proves it is a fact. We need more and more food on yearly/daily base.’

Increasing yield is not a simple matter and Christian Pallière of Fertilizers Europe, a leading association for fertilizer manufacturers, believes that the need to increase productivity in the world’s bread basket means that ‘No, farming sustainably will not develop significantly on short term in Central & Eastern Europe’.    

One of the main reasons that agricultural production in Central and Eastern Europe lags behind Western Europe and the US is the lack of technical knowledge in the region this is an opinion shared by many of the delegates who have already signed up to attend AgriYield 2010. If ‘up-to-date agricultural practices [are adopted] to increase crop yield per hectare and decrease usage of arable land and water then farming sustainably is viable in Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Sub-Sahara or anywhere else,’ says the leading Brazilian agri-academic Professor Oliveira.

However, Ton van der Voort van der. Kleij, the managing director of a leading precision farming company states: ‘These countries are not fully aware of all technologies we are using and that the employment of our western technology will create profit immediately.

The higher cost level of the technology will be covered by the higher yield and profit.’ This is echoed by the industry and is one of many issues that will be discussed at AgriYield 2010.

If you want to find out more about the commercial viability of technology in Central and Eastern Europe, how to increase yields and effectively create a sustainable agricultural business then these senior industry representatives will be joined by other high-profile speakers from Monsanto, Syngenta, Cargill and Trigon Agri among many others at AgriYield 2010: The Central and Eastern Europe Agricultural Yield and Input Optimisation Summit.

The combination of more than 150 decision-making agricultural delegates set to attend on the 25th and 26th of November in Prague AND a cutting-edge agenda, means that AgriYield 2010 is THE agricultural meeting place in the CEE for Agri-professionals to meet, network, learn and do deals.

The full agenda and speaker line-up is available in the free 8-page brochure which you can download at:

For more information contact:

Annabel Helm
e. ahelm(at)agricultureupdate(dot)com
t. +44 207 375 7166

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