Paris, 14 May 2007

EFITA newsletter / 309 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Agricultural machinery purchasing power forecast to double in China in 2007 to reach 1.2 billion yuan

Beijing, China, 27 April, 2007 - At the opening ceremony yesterday at the agriChina exhibition held 26-28 April in Beijing, agricultural machinery purchasing power in China was forecast to double in 2007. Modernisation of agriculture is an important part of the Chinese government's five-year-plan to boost industry development and agricultural development. This could be a significant opportunity for foreign manufacturers.

"We expect that in 2007 the Chinese government will double the purchasing allowance of agricultural machinery£¬ taking it to 1.2 billion yuan. This expected increase is a positive sign for the agricultural machinery industry and is a significant business and investment opportunity for Chinese and foreign companies alike," said Gao Yuanen, vice chairman of China Machinery Industry Confederation & Chairman of China Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers (CAAMM).

At the three-day event, some 120 companies from within and outside China will be presenting agricultural machinery and crop production technologies suitable to this market.

Chinese agricultural market on an upward trend - components sector also growing

Last year, annual sales of agricultural machinery produced by large manufacturers was 130 billion yuan, up more than 25% on last year. This upward trend is echoed at the agriChina 2007 exhibition with many new exhibitors presenting new products suitable for the Chinese market. Especially Chinese manufacturers experience a booming farm equipment spare parts and components sector where the rapid mechanisation of Chinese agriculture has involved a 15% increase in medium tractors in the last year alone. Over 300 companies each with annual sales of over EUR 500,000 are supplying components for both domestic and western farm equipment. These manufacturers grossed EUR 1,420 million in 2006, a 30 percent increase on last year. In addition to presenting new agricultural machinery equipment, the agriChina exhibition includes a significant Chinese components sector.

¡°China may still be a land of 240 million small farmers but the number of larger western-style units is increasing. That¡¯s why agriChina will also feature a presentation for large-scale farmers and agricultural contractors,¡± said Martin Lueth, project manager of agriChina, DLG.

agriChina - a world of information
agriChina is a global showcase of modern western and asian agricultural machinery. International specialists gather to compare the most appropriate technical agricultural production approach. At agriChina, global technologies are matched with international seminars and presentations on subjects from soil management, food safety and beef cattle production, to rice harvesting, bioenergy and international benchmarking. With China already the largest producer of potatoes in the world, harvesting a quarter of global output or some 73 million tonnes annually, it¡¯s no surprise that a whole series of agriChina presentations will concentrate on this crop.

The organisers, DLG-Agriservice a subsidiary of the DLG, Deutsche Messe and Hannover Fairs China, also want agriChina participants to get to know Chinese farming and farm equipment production. A unique expert excursion is organised on Sunday, April 29 which includes visits to cattle farms, arable units, a greenhouse growing enterprise and an agricultural engineering plant.
Contact: Malene CONLONG
E-mail: m.conlong(a)

Invitation to a PhD-course in Application Technology…
…in connection to the 9th Workshop on Sustainable Plant Protection Techniques in Fruit Growing, in Alnarp, Sweden, September 2007!
The Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science in Alnarp, Sweden, invites doctorate students to participate in a PhD-course.
We are happy to announce that Professor Emilio Gil Moya, from Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, will the main advisor for the course.
The course starts with individual work during the summer, then followed by two days studies and seminars, starting Sept 10th. The students will also participate in the SuProFruit workshop with presentations. Professor Gil will, together with me, be at place at the University Campus Alnarp from Sunday Sept 9th, to advice and accompany the students during the course. The course will be accounted as a 1,5 ECTS credits PhD-course (corresponding to one week workload).
We have reserved accommodation at the University Campus for the students (around 20/night, breakfast incl), during the course and the Workshop. There are no fees related to the course. On the other hand, we expect the PhD-students to register for the workshop (as students).
A preliminary time limit for registration to the PhD-course will be May 15th 2007. Minimum number is 5 students, maximum 12 students.
So please, PhD-students and doctorate student advisors/professors, contact Prof Emilio Gil Moya as soon as possible and announce your interest! And please suggest your subject to Prof Gil!
E-mail address:
Contact: Sven Axel SVENSSON
E-mail: suprofruit07(a)

Third Symposium on Sunflower in Developing Countries
10 - 12 December 2007 – Uganda (all details will be available soon)
Contact: Laurencine LOT
E-mail: lot(a)

International Sunflower Conference
8 - 12, June 2008 - CORDOBA - Spain
To help our Spanish colleagues to organize the event, please send them back the Interest Form by June 15, 2007. If you were willing to become an Active ISA Member and enjoy preferential prices to attend the events, join the Association without delay, please contact me.
Contact: Laurencine LOT
E-mail: lot(a)

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