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4 June 2018, Urecht, Netherlands – Technology innovations and solutions from start-ups and entrepreneurs from across the world that will drive the future of sustainable agriculture and smart food production will be showcased in Europe next month during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) at Jaarbeurs Expo Center, Utretch, Netherlands from 20th to 21st June 2018.

The Innovations Theatre, an initiative by GFIA, Europe’s largest showcase of sustainable agtech, will introduce over 40 ground-breaking technologies through talks and demonstrations from companies leading the way with new techniques and trends in sustainable agriculture and food production.

Innovations confirmed will include: Vito Remote Sensing that use state of the art drones for developments in phenotyping for plant breeding; Trapview’s pest monitoring solution that utilizes AI for enhancement in pest control;  Bo Mill that uses infra-red analysis for grain sorting and advanced digital technology revolutionizing precision irrigation; Cerescon’s selective asparagus harvester only previously achievable manually; Netafrim NetBeat’s  revolutionary irrigation system that combines real-time data for crop, soil, weather and irrigation to build a personalised irrigation strategy; Agricultural Natural Biostimulants that boost yields and profits whilst sustaining the fragile soil ecosystem; smatrix a voice-based software for mobile data collection designed for use in demanding conditions such as test fields, greenhouses and climatic chambers; and many more.

GFIA Europe, takes place during the International Week for Smart Food Production (IWSFP) alongside other major B2B agriculture expos such as VIV Europe and the European Halal Expo, and will mark the first time the food and agriculture industries have come together on a global scale. European leaders and thousands of agribusiness, innovators, food industry professional, farmers, NGOs and development experts from around the world will share ideas, action and debate in responding to the most significant challenges needed to drive sustainable agriculture for increased productivity and food security.

With food and agriculture key to the UN Sustainability Development Goals the conference agenda has been aligned to address critical topics including the role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; maximizing farmers’ productivity and profitability without damaging the environment; adapting agriculture to climate change to understand risk and build resilience in the food system; and ensuring the latest scientific developments and technologies get to farmers on scale irrespective of their size or location. Additional partnerships with Bayer AG will provide insightful sessions on the “Food Chain Partnership – a journey of continuous improvement around the globe” and Proagrica will discuss the current challenges and commonalities to maximize European farmers’ productivity and profitability without damaging the environment.

Nicola Davison, GFIA Show Director, said: “GFIA was born on the belief that continuous innovation in agriculture is the only way to support a food secure future. GFIA Europe as partners of International Week for Smart Food Production will continue this momentum with the vast number of new innovations being showcased for the first time in Utretch. For businesses looking to remain competitive and profitable GFIA Europe provides hundreds of product and solutions to improve yields, combat pests, save water, improve animal health or decrease inefficiencies.”

This year’s exhibition will focus on key sectors including: indoor farming and hydroponics; aquatech; and crop production. Entry into the exhibition and Innovations Theatre is free and tickets for the main conference start at €399+VAT and include entry into the International Exhibition, Opening Ceremony, Main Conference, Innovations Theatre, Proagrica Future Farming Theatre, partner workshops, daily delegate lunch, refreshments during networking breaks, plus access to an online meeting system and app to facilitate networking with exhibitors and other attendees. For further information on GFIA Europe and to register visit www.gfiaeurope.com

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