At the invitation of the Minister of Agriculture, Agri-Food Industry and Forestry of France, Stéphane Le Foll, on 24-25 February 2017 Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki stayed in Paris.
Photo. Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki during the visit at the stand of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Deputy Minister Ryszard Zarudzki participated in the ceremonial opening of the 54th edition of the SIA International Agricultural Show and in the inaugural show of the breeding animals. Within the framework of the accompanying meetings, he talked with the management members of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), which is one of the best research centres in the world. The talks focused on the prospects for Polish-French cooperation in the field of research and development. As the important directions of this cooperation, food safety and climate change were considered. The French party also offered sharing its experience in integrating scientific institutes.
Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki also visited the stand of France Génétique Elevage, the French interbranch organisation working to improve the species of ruminants, the stand of the Terrena agricultural cooperative taking projects for innovative agriculture as well as the stand of the French company Terres Oleo Pro, which is a major brand in the field of oils and vegetable proteins.
The SIA International Agricultural Show is one of the most important exhibition events in the agricultural industry, particularly in the livestock sector, organised annually for more than 50 years in Paris and bringing together more than 1,000 exhibitors and more than 650 thousand of visitors. Due to the importance of the agricultural sector for France, as an expression of respect for the work of the farmer and achievements of the French breeding industry, each fair is opened by President of the French Republic, who meets there with all agricultural communities. This year’s fair, held under the banner: „Agriculture: passion and ambition”, was visited by incumbent President, François Hollande.
This year’s SIA fair is organised around four subjects: breeding and its sectors, gourmet products, vegetable growing, agricultural professions and services for agriculture. It lasts until 5 March 2017.