The Netherlands Is The Partner Country Of Igw 2009

Under the slogan "Quality from next door", the Netherlands will be presenting itself as the partner country of the International Green Week Berlin (IGW) 2009. It was a Dutchman who was the first foreign exhibitor to impress Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, among others, during the opening tour in 1951 with an elaborately arranged fruit and vegetable stand. Since 1953 an official combined national display has been representing Germany's neighbour at the world's largest consumer show for agriculture, the food industry and horticulture, which at the time ushered in the era of international participation at the Green Week.

More than 100, 000 culinary delights from all parts of the world will beckon visitors to sample their qualities, information-packed display areas will show modern, sustainable farming practices, and flowering plant arrangements will be among the highlights of this long-established Berlin trade fair. The Green Week will be taking place for the 74th time in its 83-year history, from 16 to 25 January 2009. Ever since 1926 approximately 73, 600 exhibitors from 116 countries have presented their wide-ranging products and services from the food industry, agriculture and horticulture to 29.5 million trade visitors and the general public.

By hosting the International Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, this year the Green Week has set the tone for global discussions on agricultural policies. The aim is to build on developments at the Green Week 2009 to establish a world summit for agriculture, with participation by high-ranking members representing the entire value added chain. Visitors will be able to attend more than 250 supporting conferences at the Green Week 2009. The conference of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), which takes place every three years immediately in the run up to the Green Week, will be taking place on 14 and 15 January.

The International Green Week reflects levels of direct competition within the global food industry market unlike any other fair. More than 50 countries from all parts of the world will be displaying their specialities. Under the slogan "Power for Life Food and Exercise", the Federal Association of the German Food Industry (BVE), the Federation of Food Law and Food Science (BLL) and numerous other partners are organising a programme in which visitors can take part. The Central Marketing Association of German Agriculture (CMA) will retain its successful hall concept in 2009, and will be emphasising the diversity and quality of products from German farmers and the local food industry. The individual representations of the German Federal States of Bavaria, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia will be whetting visitors' appetites with typical local produce.

The farming and forestry industries will be represented in all their diversity at the IGW 2009. Under the umbrella of the Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (FNL) the Farm Experience will be inviting visitors to a display area covering 6, 000 square metres. As a partner from the retail food sector, Edeka will be putting its products and services on display in 2009. With 100 breeders taking part, the 6th Federal Heavy Horses Show will be taking place in the renovated Livestock Hall from 16 to 18 January.

The Society for the Conservation of Old and Endangered Livestock Breeds (GEH) will be showing special breeds, some of which have been forgotten. At the IGW 2009 trade visitors from rural regions will be able to find out about alternative forms of income, i.e. "Holidays on the Farm" and "Direct Marketing". The Agricultural Machinery section will also be presenting its latest models. Next year, in addition to DJV and VDSF, the large hunting and fishing associations, there will also be more commercial exhibitors in the "Experience Nature Hunting and Fishing" section. Once again, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is preparing its own informative and visually attractive hall. The special show entitled "Dream of a Lifetime living in a village" will highlight living, working and leisure activities in rural regions. Next year, there will again be a hall dedicated to bio-energy, renewable sources of energy and wood, with nature.tec and "Multitalented Wood" .

At the IGW 2009, in addition to its established location in Hall 9b, the redesigned International Floral Hall will also be taking over neighbouring Halls 9a and 9c. This also provides a more impressive backdrop for the display areas of commercial exhibitors, whose products and services include seeds, prefabricated houses, and every conceivable item for patios, houses and gardens. The Berlin Regional Association of Gardening Enthusiasts will be addressing the needs of allotment holders in particular in Hall 9a.

The International Green Week Berlin 2009 is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH. Its non-commercial sponsors are the German Farmers' Association (DBV) and the Federal Association of the German Food Industry (BVE).

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