The 56th Agra International Fair of Agriculture and Food puts focus on the importance of young farmers

The 56th Agra Fair of Agriculture and Food  opened in Gornja Radgona on 25th August, with young farmers being in focus. The fair was opened with an address by the head of the Slovenian Countryside Youth Association, Rok Damijan, who said that new generations of farmers should be aware of their roots.

As the new common agricultural policy of the EU is being drafted, Damijan regretted that there was no representative of the European Commission at the event, who would see in person what Slovenian agriculture is like.

The former agriculture minister and current parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan said that »agriculture needs to survive, therefore it must be more innovative, more self-confident, more courageous. All these virtues are associated with young farmers.«

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food has included various round tables and an international ministerial conference in the programme. Representatives of the Ministry will also participate in the discussions on the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, the proposal for a strategic plan for the promotion of agricultural and food products for the period 2019 - 2024, as well as unfair practices in the food supply chain.

This year, the fair hosts 1,840 exhibitors from 32 countries. The number of visitors is expected to exceed 120,000 visitors last year.

Source and photo: AGRA Archives