About 10,000 interested visitors from over 60 countries have been coming to Bockerode, Germany on the 3rd and 4th of September to take part at PotatoEurope 2014. Remarkably, one out of three visitors was from abroad. Mainly, visitors came from the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Great Britain, but also experts from Asia, North and South America as well as Africa went to the exhibition.
At PotatoEurope visitors could gain various insights on all issues arising along the value chain, such as information on new as well as established varieties and seeds, production and processing techniques, fertilizer and crop protection, and matters of management and marketing. Therefore, 220 exhibitors from 13 countries were available to exchange views and discuss the latest developments.
In general, exhibitors have been satisfied with the course and results of the exhibition. Especially impressing was by a high level of expertise of visitors, thus, professional and profound discussions characterizied this years exhibition.
As one of the exhibitors, K+S KALI GmbH offered insights on potato fertilisation, focusing on improving water use efficiency of plants, including potato, and minimising the risk of yield loss due to drought stress.
Exhibition stand of the K+S KALI GmbH at the PotatoEurope 2014. The „floating“ water tap in the foreground represented
the topic of water use efficiency. (Photo: K+S KALI GmbH/Jost)
K+S KALI GmbH, a partner company of SOPIB and the German Food Partnership (GFP) also welcomed a delegation from Nigeria and Kenya composed of various representatives from agricultural ministries, research institutes, the agricultural sector and other companies at their stand. This visit has been part of the Potato Initiative Africa project, organised by the GFP. Discussing sustainable fertilization methods, Dr. Hans-Peter König, Applied Research and Advisory Service Agro of the K+S KALI GmbH, gave an insight into the research activities of the company and demonstrated how drought tolerance of cultivated plants could be improved by appropriate fertilisation.
Dr. Hans-Peter König (on the right) explains to the delegates how drought tolerance of cultivated plants can be improved
by the nutrients potassium and magnesium. (Photo: K+S KALI GmbH/Straub)
Daniel Waithaka Mwangi, Governor of the Province Nyandarua in Kenya explained the great participation on both sides: „The potato yields in Kenya are four to five times lower than in Europe. We urgently need international companies that are willing to share their knowhow with us and to invest in our markets. We have already established some contacts with manufacturers of planting material, fertilizers and crop protection products on the potato fair and during our journey. Only if we cooperate with these companies we can manage to move forward.“
Potato plants with different nutrient deficiency symptoms illustrate how essential it is for a good harvest to provide an
appropriate and balanced supply of nutrients. From the left: Dr. Daniel Musa Lenka, National Root Crop Research
Institute, Nigeria; Jackson Muchoki, National Coordinator GFP/PIA, Kenya; Richard Olakanmi Olafare, Savannah Seed
and Livestock Limited, Nigeria; Folarin Ranson Oguntolu, National Coordinator GFP/PIA, Nigeria; Oren Shaked,
Agricultural Service Training Center and Marketing Ltd, Nigeria. (Photo: K+S KALI GmbH/Straub)
Next years international trade fair on potato, PotatoEurope 2015, will be held in Kain/Tournai, Belgium, on 2 and 3 September.