Under the theme “Smart production for sustainable food systems”, the regional summit addresses the challenges of sustainable food production facing farmers from South-East Asia and, in particular, Thailand. The AGRITECHNICA ASIA and HORTI ASIA Regional Summit, which is being organised by DLG (German Agricultural Society) and VNU Asia Pacific, will take place on 16 and 17 November in Nakhon Ratchasima, in the heart of the rice, cassava and sugarcane producing region in Thailand. Complementing the in-person event in Thailand, DLG’s online platform will connect on-site and online international providers, experts and attendees. The summit is being co-hosted by the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
The conference, with over 50 speakers from Thailand and worldwide, will focus on a wide range of topics, including efficient and sustainable sugarcane, cassava, rice and maize production; precision and smart farming; plant protection; water management and cluster farming as well as new market segments such as vertical farming and the bioeconomy.
“We are collaborating with quality conference partners – leading specialist organisations such as the International Rice Research Institute and the Thai Society of Sugarcane Technologists. The combination of experts from the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the private sector sharing information on the latest innovations as well as practitioners demonstrating best practices from the field will create a unique platform for the exchange of knowledge and networking,” explained DLG’s Project Manager Katharina Staske at a preview event in mid-October in Bangkok.
Also in Bangkok in mid-October, Dr. Vanida Khumnirdpetch, Director of the Bureau of Foreign Agriculture Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, emphasised the importance of the upcoming event in November: “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work and our expectations of the future. The UN Food System Summit 2021, as part of the Decade of Action, is awakening the world to the fact that we must work together to create the future of food and to develop agricultural systems that will enable us to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.” She went on to say that governments alone could not deliver the goals for a roadmap for more sustainable, inclusive and resilient systems in the food and agriculture sector. “We need to collaborate and form partnerships with all stakeholders. In this context, the AGRITECHNICA ASIA & HORTI ASIA Regional Summit is a place where international knowledge and innovations can offer technical solutions to local farmers and businesses. Through the ongoing exchanges between the ministries of agriculture in Thailand and Germany, we’re looking forward to more collaboration on all levels: government-to-government, business-to-business and, most importantly, farmer-to-farmer.”
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