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AGRITECHNICA ASIA & HORTI ASIA Regional Summit concluded its two-day event titled ‘Smart production for sustainable food systems’with the hybrid format

FEAGNov2221Interactive summit was accompanied by exhibition and farm visit. (Image source: AGRITECHNICA)

It was attended by more than 800 virtual attendees from 34 countries. With more than 240 in-person visitors joining the event held in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, the Summit, co-hosted by the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), is the largest in-person agricultural event held in Thailand this year.

Covering trending crop production topics in South East Asia, like cluster farming and vertical farming as well as sustainable production of sugarcane and cassava using modern techniques, more than 90 onsite and online speakers from Thailand and worldwide included experts from the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives who delivered applicable know-how from this year’s UN Food System Summit.

“As the co-organiser, we’re very pleased with the success of this onsite event, which took place despite the pandemic. Additionally, a new challenge was to get Thai participants to the international digital event. The hybrid format of the Summit fits well with Thailand’s national digital agenda for sustainable food systems. The transformation actions need collaboration and partnership from all sectors and stakeholders. Through the Summit process, MOAC can reach out to more people, raise awareness for cross-sectoral and expand our network, national and internationally,” said Dr. Vanida Khumnirdpetch, director of Foreign Agricultural Affairs as the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand (MOAC), as the venue.

In both practical and technical sessions, attendees received an overview of the mechanisation trends and equipment for sustainable and efficient sugarcane, cassava, rice and maize production though contributions from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and other expert organisations as well as from leading manufactures such as CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Gessner and John Deere. Among the highlights were novel concepts like soil sensing, precision fertilizer management, post-harvest techniques and storage solutions. Visitors received an insight into the modern techniques on water management including salinity control.

The virtual events of the AGRITECHNICA ASIA & HORTI ASIA Regional Summit were the first of “Agritechnica on Tour”, a new series of virtual events, each exploring trending farm machinery topics in a country or region.