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The third edition of AGRITECHNICA ASIA will be held from 25-27 May 2022 at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand, in conjunction with Horti Asia, the region’s largest trade exhibition for smart horticulture in Asia
The event is organised by DLG International GmbH and VNU Asia Pacific with the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives being the official co-host. The exhibition is also supported by a range of domestic and international specialist organisations like the International Rice Research Institute, Thailand Society of Sugarcane Technologists, Horticultural Science Society Thailand, Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering and the National Science and Technology Development Agency.
Registered exhibitors from 26 countries have been greeted with the news that quarantine for vaccinated travellers to Thailand is no longer needed. Supported by the official co-host, the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and with 300 exhibitors expected, the trade fair’s theme is sustainable production.
“More and more countries in Southeast Asia are opening their borders to quarantine-free travel. Seeing these developments, we are looking forward to a high international turnout of exhibitors with so much to offer Southeast Asian farmers,” said Katharina Staske, managing director of DLG’s office in Thailand.
“Smart farming as sustainability solutions, vertical farming and even cannabis production are just some of the many highlights that farmers can discover in Bangkok in 2022. The Industry Ministry is planning to make Thailand a hub of cannabis businesses to produce new products in the medical sector and support tourism. So I think it is the perfect time to bring this topic to our exhibitions,” said Panadda Kongma, director of agribusiness and operations at VNU Asia Pacific.
Smart farming and seven international pavilions
An important part of Thailand’s sustainable production, precision and smart farming technologies and applications including many startups will be featured at the new Thailand Smart Farming Pavilion jointly organised with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Smart farming in Thailand and solutions like drone and satellite technology, automation, robotics and working weed robots have already attracted attention at the Regional Summit held in Thailand late last year. The topic of smart farming will be explored further at the Smart Farming Pavilion which will present solutions aimed at all farm sizes.
Seven country pavilions for China, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands and South Korea, each located within the trade fair, will showcase equipment and technical solutions from global companies to farmers from diverse regions.
Vertical farming and cannabis production
Located in the horticultural exhibition area HORTI ASIA, the new pavilion 'Vertical Farming' co-organised by the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) focuses on the production of plant-based food in urban spaces. Meanwhile, the Cannabis Pavilion set up by Thailand Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA) aims to further knowledge in cannabis production, an area increasingly attractive to Thai farmers since its legalisation in 2021.
Conference programme and guided exhibition tours
The exhibition will be accompanied by about 30 professional sessions on all three exhibition days, exploring topics like 'Thailand Cane and Sugar Industries after Covid-19', 'Towards carbon reduced (or neutral) rice production and processing' and 'Development of Smart Industrial Agriculture Technology in Thailand'. A selection of discussion events will also be held online.
Together with the Department of Agricultural Extension of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, guided tours through the exhibition will be offered to invited farmer groups and interested visitors.
Hosted Buyer Programme
The event’s exclusive hosted buyers programme will attract more than 350 leading buyers and decision-makers from the Asia-Pacific. Invited buyers are poised to attend with the objective of identifying the most suitable technology solutions for their region.
Sebastian Smija, sales manager Asia Pacific of Fliegl Agrartechnik GmbH, welcomes this programme and underlines the internationality of the event, “I come to this exhibition because Bangkok is an important hub for the whole ASEAN market. Not only to meet partners from Thailand, but also customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. That is why AGRITECHNICA ASIA is the international exhibition that is important for us.”
Horti Asia and Systems & Components
AGRITECHNICA ASIA is held in conjunction with Horti Asia, the region’s largest trade exhibition for smart horticulture in Asia, and the special exhibition, Systems & Components Asia, is focusing on components manufacturers that supply solutions to manufacturers and spare parts to farmers.