84 th International Agricultural Fair opens its gates

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic officially opens 84 th International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad. The Expo attracts more than 1,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries.

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Minister Dacic said: “We’re fully aware that there are numerous challenges facing world agriculture from climate changes in terms of global warming, fluctuations in global financial markets to agricultural labor force scarcity, and finally to the issue of GMOs as being a major impediment in agriculture. In that sense, the Government is determined to make a special effort to support farmers and producers and help them to catch up to innovations and see them reap maximum profits from agriculture – their success is our success.”

“For the European Union and World Trade Organization accession processes the issue of agriculture is a delicate one to take on. If we can play smart, we’ll be able to take full advantage of substantial benefits that accrue from the membership in the two organizations. As the host country to the 2017 International Agricultural Fair Serbia likes to portray itself as a country embracing genuine economic and social reform, a country dedicated to improving and encouraging strong and stable economic climate that attracts FDI. I believe our country has great economic potential that makes for a truly Global Serbia – touted as a reliable and stable partner,” Dacic said.

Slobodan Cvetkovic of Novi Sad Fair reported a ten-percent increase in exhibitors at this year’s agri expo saying “Novi Sad Fair is among Serbia’s best strategic assets”. “We continue to be the business platform for linking successful business owners to successful individuals. The ever-growing interest and the size of the crowd are a clear indication of its value to exhibitors and all who can see the huge potential of this event. It also goes to show how important agribusiness is for sustainable development, not only to our country but across the region.” Cvetkovic went on to say that new attractions were debuting at 2017 International Agricultural Fair (IAF), including a livestock auction. In doing so, “IAF is committed to protecting and promoting the conservation of biodiversity, conservation genetics.”

City of Novi Sad Mayor, Milos Vucevic, said he hoped for the Fair to be bigger and better this year, raising the bar for future events.

President of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Igor Mirovic, pointed out that there was an effective relationship and a good collaborative arrangement between the central and local government.

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