Agromek opened with 542 exhibitors and a Ukrainian appeal

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29 November 2022

Ukraine's ambassador to Denmark delivered a poignant and life-affirming speech at the opening of this year's Agromek, and the fair's chairman proudly reported on a record-breaking programme of activities. Northern Europe's largest agricultural fair is now in full swing at the MCH Messecenter Herning and continues throughout the week.

People turned out in force on Tuesday morning 29 November for the opening of the first Agromek fair since 2018. Finally, the agro-industry could gather again for the kick-off of the comprehensive fair, this time featuring 542 exhibitors and more than 150 activities spread over 100,000 square metres. First on stage was Agromek chairman Sten Andersen, who expressed great pleasure that the fair is now back on its feet.

- Agromek is an important gathering point for farmers and agribusiness, as well as a centre for new knowledge, knowledge sharing and development - the latter has become increasingly important, and for this reason we are very pleased to present more activities than ever this year. A big thank you goes to both exhibitors and partners, who help to ensure that Agromek continues in its strengthened form to be Northern Europe's leading and largest agricultural trade fair, Sten Andersen stated.

On behalf of the agro-industry, he also addressed the introduction of the carbon tax that was discussed during the election campaign and which, as far as farmers are concerned, will be channelled back to the industry to promote climate action. He recalled that the concern for business development and competitiveness is clearly stated in the Climate Act, and that development, not phasing out, is the focal point of the agricultural package adopted last year.

- May I express the hope that global vision and national responsibility will once again characterise the decisions to be taken on the climate challenge, Sten Andersen said.

A dream come true - and faith in the future
The Agromek chairman then gave the stage to the Ukrainian ambassador to Denmark, Vydoinyk Mykhailo, who - given the situation in Ukraine - delivered a speech that was naturally emotional, but also composed and full of faith in the future.

He first stated that it had long been a dream, even before the war broke out, to have a Ukrainian stand and delegation at Agromek, and that it was fantastic to see this dream come true. He then spoke of the major challenges facing Ukrainian farmers today: Grain is difficult to export, there is an acute shortage of storage capacity because this has been bombed, and gas prices have skyrocketed. In addition, they are trying to find a balance between fighting for their country and cultivating their land.

At the same time, the ambassador expressed great gratitude for Denmark's support to Ukraine, which he said was in the top 10 of all supporting countries. And, not least, he was optimistic about the future.

We will survive and our country will endure, and it is crucial for me to state today that our business will recover in agriculture as well. The IT sector, the construction industry and, not least, the agro-industry will be major future growth areas. But the reconstruction will require machinery and huge funds and we will need your continued help - so talk with the Ukrainians, support them, do business with them, Vydoinyk Mykhailo urged.

Agromek 2022 takes place at MCH Messecenter Herning from 29 November to 2 December.

Contact details
Claus Hermansen,
CEO, Agromek
Tel. +45 40425947

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