The 2019 edition of Agrilevante, scheduled at the Bari Exhibition Centre from October 10 to 13, is very rich, with 330 exhibitors with specific technologies for the main agricultural supply chains (55 thousand square metres of exhibitions with over 5 thousand vehicles and equipment) and an audience that in the 2017 edition reached 70,700 units, with 3,200 foreign operators from 30 countries.
The expectations around the exhibition, organized by FederUnacoma – the Federation that represents the Italian manufacturers of machines for agriculture, gardening and related components – in collaboration with Nuova Fiera del Levante, are those of a new record edition, because the event has become a point of reference for the agricultural and economic operators of the entire Mediterranean basin, an area that has a strong agricultural vocation with a growing demand for mechanization.
One of the main developments of this sixth rendezvous is the addition of a part reserved for animal husbandry, which completes the range of represented sectors (grain, fruit and vegetable, wine, olive oil and bio-energy sectors, as well as technologies for gardening and landscaping), and is a further attraction for visitors. The space reserved for livestock promises to be very qualified, with over 500 selected cattle, horses, sheep and goats. Organized in collaboration with AIA (Italian Breeders Association) and UmbriaFiere, the new section will occupy a total area of 6 thousand square metres and will include an exhibition area reserved for companies whose production is closely connected to the sector, such as animal feed and equipment.
The “biomass space” curated by Itabia in cooperation with FederUnacoma returns to Agrilevante, with a dynamic exhibition of the main operating machines used for the harvesting, conditioning and handling of biomass of agricultural and forestry origin for energy use. Inside Pavilion 20 there will also be a small exhibition overview dedicated to the biomass sector. There is a rich calendar of seminars envisaged by Itabia on this topic in the Conference Centre Room 5 dedicated to opportunities and critical issues of the innovative agro-industrial sectors in the Mediterranean area.
The “green” space makes its debut in pavilion 20, which this year will be dedicated also to machines and equipment for gardPning and landscaping. It will host the MiA and Vita in Campagna (Life in the Country) areas, reserved for multi-functionality in agriculture and to amateur gardening.
The mechanical-agricultural professions will be the focus of the MechagriJobs initiative, promoted by Unacma, FederUnacoma and Cai, which for the third edition returns to Bari to present to upper school students the new skills required by the sector as agricultural mechatronic engineer, commercial technician 2.0, and contractor technician.
The programme of meetings organized for the exhibition is broad. These include two in-depth discussions promoted by FederUnacoma on the economic aspects of Mediterranean agriculture and on mechanization for the area’s islands. The New Business Media publisher organizes three conferences on Iot and mechatronics, conservation agriculture, and income-generating olive growing. The Informatore Agrario promotes a conference on animal welfare in the stable and a series of seminars in the Vita in Campagna area on sowing long-lasting hard wheat, organic fertilization of legumes and vineyard pruning. Agrisicilia magazine focuses on the cultivation of tropical fruit in Southern Italy. The Universities of Bari, Bologna and Foggia hold a workshop on innovation in mechanics and plant engineering applied to agro-food and forest biosystems.
Agrilevante relies on the active collaboration of ICE Agenzia, the Italian institute for foreign trade which promotes technical and commercial cooperation between Italy and countries that aim at a consistent technological development of agriculture, and therefore express a growing demand of new generation mechanical vehicles. In Bari, there will therefore be many delegations of economic operators from North Africa and from Mediterranean Europe, organized by ICE and FederUnacoma, which will create B2B meetings with the exhibitors.