Polish organic food at the BioFach fair

Thursday, 16 February 2017 r.

Participation in the fair is an excellent opportunity to present the increasing achievements of Polish organic farming – stressed Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki during the meetings with the Polish exhibitors.

Photo. Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki at the Biofach fair

Photo. Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki at the Biofach fair

Yesterday, the Deputy Minister participated in the official opening of the 28th International Fair of Organic Farming BioFach in Nuremberg. The opening ceremony was attended by, inter alia, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt, President of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture) Andre Leu, as well as the Ministers and representatives of the ministries of agriculture from many countries of the world.

BioFach, one of the largest world fairs of organic products, is characterised by its international nature and innovation. Each year in February, in Nuremberg, along with the Vivaness natural cosmetics fair, the event brings together more than 2,000 exhibitors (of which two thirds are from abroad), as well as more than 45 thousand visitors from all over the world.

The fair is under the patronage of the IFOAM, which guarantees the compliance with the strict criteria of acceptance of exhibitors and provides the permanently high quality of the presented products.

This year’s Polish national stand is used by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and by the Polish producer organisations of organic products, in order to present certified products of organic farming. The BioFach 2017 fair is attended by the following industry organisations: „Polish Ecology” Association, „Biopolska” Association of Organic Farmers, „Ekołan” Kujawsko-Pomorskie Association of Organic Producers, St. Francis of Assisi Trade Union of Organic Farmers and Polish Chamber of Organic Food. For the whole duration of the fair, the Polish stand conducts numerous tastings and cooking shows – including preparing dishes of beef and pork, making butter and cheese and preparing dishes with cheese, as well as squeezing fruit juices.

The presence of Poland at the BioFach fair is necessary in order to promote high quality food and values of traditional Polish cuisine, which involves the dissemination of image, increased recognisability and increased interest in organic products in the international arena. It is Nuremberg where arrangements are made on what will happen in the organic farming industry in the nearest year. Hence, the presence of Poland, producers and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture is so important.

During his stay at the fair, Deputy Minister Zarudzki met with Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Economy of Ukraine Olga Trofimtseva. During the talks, both parties confirmed their interest in continuing cooperation in the area of agriculture. The interlocutors pointed in particular to a need to use, by Poland and Ukraine, the strengths in a form of their geographic proximity, as well as social and economic ties, in order to achieve joint success in the international market. During the meeting, they discussed the issues of scientific and veterinary and cooperation and of Polish and Ukrainian experience in the area of organic farming. The Undersecretary of State at the MARD assured Deputy Minister Olga Trofimtseva of the readiness of the Polish experts to share their knowledge and experience in the field of adapting the agricultural sector to the EU standards and requirements. The Ukrainian Deputy Minister stressed that Ukraine was very interested in cooperation with the Polish partners in the area of agricultural matters. She also stressed that in Ukraine measures were taken in order to modernise the agricultural sector and adapt it to the EU legislation.

The BioFach fair in Nuremberg will last until 18 February.