On 17-19 January, the Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Tarmo Tamm, took part of the International Green Week (Internationale Grüne Woche) fair in Berlin, which is the world’s largest agriculture and food fair. Estonia has continuously taken part of the Green Week fair for the past 26 years.
“Taking part of the world’s largest agriculture and food fair gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of Estonian cuisine and strengthen trade ties with other countries. Increasing the export of high added-value products is one possibility of improving the profitability of agriculture,” Minister Tamm said.
As part of the Green Week fair, Minister Tamm participated at a meeting with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, where she stressed the importance of digitalisation in agriculture. Minister Tamm also had bilateral meetings with colleagues from Slovenia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania and Georgia.
The fair also includes an exhibition by Estonia. The Estonian exhibition includes a wide variety of Estonian products, including dairy, meat and fish products but also jams, honey, kama (a traditional finely milled flour mixture) and bread.
“The Estonian exhibition stand represents our beautiful nature and offers visitors a walk through our country’s peaceful forests with small tastes of traditional Estonian food products. The exhibition is a window to our world and invites visitors to come and have a closer look at our pure tastes and delicious products,” Minister Tamm noted at the Estonian exhibition stand.
“We have to work continuously to ensure that more products designed for the final consumers reach the German market and that the German consumer would express more interest in Estonian products,” Minister Tamm acknowledged.
On 19 January, Minister Tarmo Tamm took part of the 11th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference “Agriculture Goes Digital – Smart Solutions for Future Farming”. The conference set out future goals for the digitalisation of agriculture and ensuring the viability, sustainability, resource conservation, resilience and consumer orientation of the sector.
The „Baltic Sea Food“ project was also introduced to media and visitors at the Green Week fair. Ten partner countries from around the Baltic Sea presented a variety of local food and drink products from their region. The „Baltic Sea Food“ initiative aims to design a sustainable and transferable business model for business to business food distribution, which is applicable for food networks established by local producers and providers in rural areas. The outcome of the project should be a practical tool, which enables establishing smooth and cost-efficient sales channels for distributing local food products to hotels, restaurants, tourism farms and farm shops. The lead partner of the project is the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia.
Additional information on the Estonian exhibition can be found at www.naturlich-estland.eu and www.gruenewoche.de. The Estonian exhibition is organised by the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce and is supported by the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia.
The International Green Week fair is held from 18-27 January 2019 in Berlin, Germany. More information: https://www.gruenewoche.de/en/