AgriYield 2010 Interviews Syngenta and the ECPA ahead of AgriYield on their Views on Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe

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Two high profile speakers at AgriYield 2010: The Central and Eastern European Agricultural Yield and Input Optimisation Summit (25-26 November in Prague) were questioned on the viability of sustainable farming in the region, their top news stories and for a sneak preview of their presentations.

AgriUpdate the organisation behind Central and Eastern Europe’s most influential agricultural summit AgriYield 2010, asked Karsten Neuffer (Global Head of Cereals at Syngenta) andEuros Jones (Director of Regulatory Affairs at the European Crop Protection Association) whether they thought that farming sustainably was a viable short-term prospect in Central & Eastern Europe.

Their responses were varied, a sure-fire indication of the lively debate expected on the key issues that will be discussed by senior delegates and agricultural experts at AgriYield 2010. The summit will cover business-critical issues for Agribusinesses operating in the region ranging from Investment and Finance Strategies to Seed and Crop Protection R&D to precision farming.
Sustainability and traceability are global industry buzz words, but are they a feasible short-term prospect in Central and Eastern Europe?

Neuffer said: “The challenge is to apply farming models that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. The use of modern technology allows farmers to optimize their yields more profitably, and this in turn makes the region a more important player in the global food supply. The CEE region has some of the best soils. Using high-quality seeds and tailored crop protection and fertilization protocols combined with a responsible use of water and best practice rotations, soil fertility can be maintained and intensification can be done in sustainable ways.”

However, Jones of the ECPA said: “It would be over-simplistic to draw a line between un-sustainable and sustainable farming. The challenge Central & Eastern European is the same as for the rest of the world – to find the most suitable and sustainable farming systems to feed today’s growing (and more demanding) population.”

When asked about the most significant Agricultural news story of the year Neuffer said that climate change and its dramatic effects on crop yields in Russia wastop of the bill. “The associated low yields and the subsequent export ban leading to an increase in the cereal commodities prices not only demonstrated how dependent global agricultural markets are upon each other, but also how clear the need is to improve agricultural productivity in the CEE countries, so that the inherent climatic volatility can be managed to ensure a steady and reliable supply of cereals to the world market,” said Neuffer.

This is a sentiment echoed by the industry and will be integral to AgriYield’s exciting agenda. If you need to reduce risk in your crop production and revolutionise your business model to widen the gap between productivity and market volatility then you need to be at November’s summit in Prague.

“At present, about 35 million hectares of land outside the EU is used to feed the EU consumer,” states Jones, “This is an incredible figure and one that should be taken into consideration when developing sustainable agricultural policies for the future”.

This only further strengthens the necessity and validity of an event such as AgriYield 2010 which will equip farmers in the CEE with the tools to dramatically increase productivity and minimise input costs.

As Neuffer said in regards to his planned presentation at AgriYield 2010, “the role of modern technology is vital to this [food security]. I believe that new innovations and smart integration of technologies allows us to advance yields – and in a sustainable way. This is especially true for the CEE region with its vast potential to meet its ambitions to be a key contributor to global food security.”

AgriYield 2010: The Central and Eastern European Agricultural Yield and Input Optimisation Summit is the ideal place to learn cutting-edge techniques from Agricultural leaders, innovators and experts and the perfect forum to meet, network and do business with key players who will drive your company forwards.

The incredible speaker line-up and the full agenda is available in the free 8-page brochure which you can download at: http://www.agricultureupdate.com/yield-and-input/download-brochure.shtml    

For more information contact:

Annabel Helm
t. +44 207 375 7166
w. http://www.agriupdate.com/yield    

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