Within the Agricultural Fair held at the Novi Sad Fair from 14th to 20th May 2016, Color Press Group, in cooperation with the magazine “Diplomacy & Commerce” for the first time organised the “International Agriculture & Food Conference”.
Conference was opened by the first secretary of the Embassy Mr. Marco Leone on behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy. On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection audience was welcomed the Secretary of State, Mr. Zoran Rajić, and then followed the speeches of Mr. Freek Janmaat, Head of the Economy department of the EU Delegation in Serbia, as well as of Mr. Jean Pierre Gastaud, economic adviser to the French embassy in Belgrade.
During the three panels and four case studies, the greatest experts in the field of food industry, agriculture and land, discussed about current issues concerning agriculture, agricultural machinery, cooperatives, then the Serbian agrarian scene, and about the experience of developed European agriculture and GMO food.
Marco Leone, Embassy of the Republic of Italy
Italy is the biggest trade partner of Serbia and it applies to the agriculture too. Ferrero, producing Nutella, is buying nuts in Serbia, but it also provides the nutmakers the training and technological transfer – these are all investments that are helping local business in agriculture. Serbia has a lots of potentials for organic products, like organic jam- in Italy the organic agriculture in 2015 grew by 20% and it is expected in Serbia too. Italian Embassy want to promote the concept of promotion and protection of local products, which is strong in Italy, thus protecting the typical local cuisine.
See his entire speech: