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New Digital Agriculture and Agro-Energy Shows at Fieragricola

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03 August 2021, Verona: The 115th edition of Fieragricola, the biennial exhibition scheduled in Verona 26-29 January 2022, takes up the challenge of sustainability and raises the bidding with two specific areas characterized by a high rate of innovation: the Digital Agriculture and the Agro-Energy shows expand an exhibition offering that makes Veronafiere’s international exhibition even more transversal and in line with the objectives of ecological transition, reduction of waste and environmental emissions, food security and food safety.

Inasmuch, the theme areas at Fieragricola 2022 will go beyond the show’s already consolidated character – which sees the Verona Exhibition Centre bring together agricultural mechanization, livestock, high value-added production such as vineyards and orchards, pesticides, fertilizers, seeds and services for the primary sector – to range towards the new frontiers in the sector, which first of all require a new cultural paradigm, as clarified by global climate policies, the European Green Deal and the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2021-2027, which will come into force on 1 January 2023.
Digital agriculture. From drones to sensors, IoT solutions, systems for mapping land and crops, interconnection tools for machinery and agricultural vehicles and management software, opportunities for agriculture are constantly evolving in sector worth around 540 million euros in Italy (2020 figure, +20% on 2019) and more than 13.7 billion dollars worldwide.

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New technologies are achieving high diffusion and growth rates, precisely because digitization ensures responses in terms of rational use of resources, reducing emissions (and meeting zero emission targets by 2050), transparency in production processes and the possibility of certifying each step along the supply chain. The benefits of Agriculture 4.0 will also impact employment, given demand for specialist professional figures capable of interpreting the big data collected by machines and precision agriculture tools.

Fieragricola, alongside the exhibition offering, will seek to direct visitors (farmers, sub-contractors, agricultural technicians, land surveyors, agronomists, veterinarians) towards the most appropriate solutions for various production models, not the least through meetings, conventions and analysis focusing on training. This show is organised in collaboration with Image Line, a leader in digital innovation for agriculture.

Agro-energy. The 115th Fieragricola also spotlights energy from renewable agriculture sources, an increasingly essential corollary tool the primary sector as a source of multifunctional income and as a strategy supporting the circular economy and the ecological transition.

In particular, Fieragricola will focus on two agro-energy segments that over the years have adapted best to the needs of Italian agricultural companies: Bio-gas and bio-methane, the most advanced segments for the exploitation of livestock sewage and agricultural waste, and agro-voltaic, the solution recommended in the past by the Georgofili Academy for the recovery of farmhouses and other rural property.

PNRR resources.  In addition to CAP funds (with almost 50 billion Euros assigned to Italy in the period 2021-2027), the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) also envisages resources for the green transition, digital transformation and agriculture, with special attention on the circular economy and sustainable agriculture; renewable energy, hydrogen, networking and sustainable mobility in relation to the development of agro-voltaics and bio-methane; protection of land and water resources;  tourism and 4.0 culture; social infrastructures, families, communities and the tertiary sector.

The new vision of agriculture at Fieragricola. There are many targets that agriculture must absolutely reach in order to respond to the needs of a growing world population that is expected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050: Increased output, food safety & security, improved yields, reduced environmental impact, the response to climate change, safeguarding water resources, efforts to counter abandonment of rural areas and hydro-geological instability, production quality and profitability of agricultural production chains.

The 115th Fieragricola will seek to provide solutions, means of interpretation and innovative tools capable of tackling of current changes thanks to conferences, workshops and debates organized with stakeholders in the sector, in efforts to define a wide-ranging vision without overlooking training ad business aspects.

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