The International Agricultural Show (SIA) began on Saturday. The entire industry has been waiting for this event, and is delighted to be able to get together again to meet the French visitors, who turned out in large numbers for the opening. "It is the reunion edition", reports Dina Abella of the company Blue Whale. "We noticed that there were a lot of people on Saturday. Yesterday was a little less busy, and this morning people are starting to show up. I think people are happy to be here. We talked to another exhibitor in the poultry business who said he also saw a lot of families and young people."
Blue Whale showcases Angys pear
All week long, it will be possible to meet Blue Whale producers on the ANPP stand, alongside producers of the Pink Lady, apples and pears labeled Vergers Ecoresponsables or ZRP, all of whom have come to answer visitors' questions. "We started tasting our Angys pear yesterday, and we are continuing to do so today. The feedback is excellent! It is a pear that pleases a lot. We are in the middle of the season, so it fully reveals its gustatory potential. It is sweet and soft."
The war in Ukraine: a subject of concern for industry professionals
If the global geopolitical situation creates a palpable uncertainty within the sector, it does not interfere however in the discussions between visitors and producers: "With visitors, we talk about agriculture and products. But among us, professionals, we talk about the political situation. We feel that the war between Ukraine and Russia and the repercussions it will have on our industry is a major concern. There is a lot of anxiety and questions around the subject."
On the political side, President Emmanuel Macron has shortened his visit at the fair, arriving at 7am on Saturday for its inauguration, and then leaving the place to Prime Minister Jean Castex from 9am onwards. The Minister of Agriculture will be attending the show throughout the week.