AgroTech Russia 2011: Agricultural machinery sector steps up business contacts with Russian farmers and investors

623 companies from 29 countries – some 23,000 visitors

The international agricultural machinery sector is stepping up its contacts with Russian farmers and investors. This is the verdict of the organisers – the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (MVC VVC, Moscow) and DLG International GmbH (a subsidiary of DLG e.V.) - at the close of the international agricultural machinery exhibition AgroTech Russia. From 6 to 9 October 2011, some 623 companies and organisations from 29 countries, including all leading agricultural machinery producers, presented a wide range of the latest machinery and equipment for plant production at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VVC) in Moscow. With around 23,000 visitors, there was no doubting the popularity of AgroTech Russia 2011. As a visitors’ survey showed, more than 90 percent of the visitors were professional farmers or agribusiness experts. AgroTech Russia is one of the largest information platforms for agricultural machinery and equipment. It takes place annually as part of the Russian “Golden Autumn” agricultural exhibition.

15 agriculture ministers at AgroTech Russia 2011
At this year’s AgroTech Russia, the organisers welcomed many high-ranking visitors from Russia and abroad. 15 agriculture ministers along with other leading figures from countries from the Black Sea region as well as from Denmark, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands took part in the official rounds of talks that accompanied the exhibition. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Viktor Zubkov, and Agriculture Minister, Elena Skrynnik, attended the open-ing ceremony together with the Management Board Chairman of Rosselchosbank, Dmitri Patrushev; the Director-General of Rosagroleasingm, Valeri Nazarov; the Managing Direc-tor of the Russian farm equipment manufacturers association Rosagromasch, Evgeni Kort-shevoi; the Director-General of GAO VVC, Alexei Mikushko; and the CEO of DLG Interna-tional, Bernd Koch. In his speech Zubkov stressed that the Russian government would continue to provide substantial support for the agricultural sector. Addressing the farmers, he said that, ‘we will help you market your produce and will undertake further measures to lower the costs in various sectors, including fuel and lubricants and fertilisers. The Minister of Agriculture, Elena Skrynnik, pointed out that in future exports will constitute a new growth component for the Russian Federation’s agricultural industry. The exhibition also provided the setting for the signing of an agreement between the Russian Federation’s Agricultural Ministry and the Russian company, ‘Gruppa GAZ’, concerning the renewal of Russia’s agri-business transport fleet.

High level of international participation – increase in exhibition space
One of the defining features of AgroTech Russia is the high level of foreign exhibitors it attracts. With a total of 51 companies taking part, Germany was at the fore, followed by the Netherlands with 38 companies and Italy with 32. This time round there was a tangible increase in the level of interest in AgroTech Russia shown by China (14 companies), France (11) and Turkey (9). The largest contingents from Eastern Europe came from Belarus (27 companies) and the Ukraine (12). The organisers noted a greater demand for exhibition space in comparison with 2010 which ultimately necessitated the addition of a second exhibition hall. Total exhibition floor space this year thus came to 50,000 square metres. The largest increases were in the following sectors: spare parts and components, plant protection, fertiliser and seed breeding as well as harvest storage and processing.
Top-flight technical programme
This year too AgroTech Russia offered its visitors an outstanding platform for discussing topical issues. The various conferences focused on the modernization of agriculture using innovative technologies and the experience gained during roll-out. But they also looked at the prospects for developing bioenergy products in the Russian agriculture sector along with machine test stations and their role in the technical and technological modernization of agricultural production. Furthermore, AgroTech Russia offered numerous panel discus-sions, talk sessions, special events and live demonstrations that dealt, inter alia, with tech-nical regulations and the renewal of agricultural machinery as well as with the problems encountered in seed breeding and propagation under free-market conditions. For young professionals, the central event at the exhibition was the All-Russian youth forum, ‘Youth in agribusiness – importance for the innovative development of Russian agriculture’, which has become somewhat of a tradition at AgroTech Russia.