AgroTech Russia 2013: The state and the private sector need to join forces to leverage the strong investment potential of Russia's agribusiness sector

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the opening ceremony – 453 exhibitors from 26 countries – Around 22,000 expert visitors

(DLG International). From 9 to 12 October 2013, the 8th International Specialist Exhibition for Agricultural Machinery and Plant Production – AgroTech Russia – took place at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre as part of the Russian agricultural exhibition "Golden Autumn".  The organizers – the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (Moscow) and DLG International GmbH – were very pleased with the results. Around 22,000 expert visitors came to Moscow to obtain information on modern technology and management systems from the 453 agribusiness companies and organizations from a total of 26 countries, in order to improve the competitiveness of Russian agriculture.  AgroTech Russia was the largest exhibition for agricultural technology and crop production held in Russia this year. The exhibitors showed innovative procedures for crop production along with modern agricultural machines and equipment such as tractors, technology and implements for tillage, crop cultivation, harvesting, transportation vehicles and machines, for storing and processing plant products, seed, fertilizers, plant protection agents and other farm inputs. Spare parts and components were another key element of AgroTech Russia.

Given its proximity to "Golden Autumn", AgroTech Russia received a lot of attention from top representatives of Russian politics. For example, the opening ceremony was attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vice President Arkadiy Dvorkovich and the Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fedorov, among others. AgroTech Russia was also attended by official delegations of governors and ministers of agriculture from more than 50 regions throughout Russia.

Top-class technical programme

This year too, AgroTech Russia's technical programme offered visitors an excellent platform for discussing current issues. Highlights included the Russian-Dutch Agribusiness Forum and an international investment forum, which took place under the banner of "Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the State and the Private Sector". The Ministers of Agriculture from both Russia and the Netherlands were among those attending these forums. In his welcome address, Minister Fedorov referred to the vast investment potential that exists within the Russian agribusiness sector. In order to leverage this potential, he believed it is vital for the state and the private sector to join forces. He called on the Russian Government to release seven billion Roubles to promote investment credit in agriculture. The initial findings of a survey of AgroTech Russia exhibitors confirm that strong investment potential is available. Most of the visitors assess the current investment trends among Russian investors and farmers as positive and therefore expect post-exhibition business to be lively.

Additional conferences, panel discussions and talks focussed on the use of technical innovations such as nanotechnologies in plant production, GPS systems and irrigation and drainage systems. Other key issues discussed included risk management in plant production, agricultural insurance, plant breeding, fertilizers and logistics, and legislation in the area of plant protection agents.

The next AgroTech Russia will take place from 8 to 11 October 2014 at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre.