The Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Mr Arvo Aller, took part of the International Green Week (Internationale Grüne Woche) fair in Berlin, which is the world’s largest agriculture and food fair.
„I am pleased to be Estonia’s ambassador to the largest agriculture and food fair in the world and help Estonian food gain wider prominence and strengthen our trade relations,” Minister Aller stated.
Estonia was represented at the International Green Week for the 27th time. During that time, Estonia has found its place at the major event. This year, Estonia focused on the fishing sector with a fish restaurant in the middle of Estonia’s stand. The first half of the fair was oriented towards providing the delicacies of the island of Hiiumaa in Western Estonia, while the second half showed the flavours of the 2019 culinary region of Old Võro in Southern Estonia. The fair is an excellent opportunity for the participants to showcase their country, food and tourism opportunities.
International Green Week is unique because high-level political forums have developed in parallel to the fair, which provide ministers and policymakers an opportunity to address current global challenges in agriculture and food production. Minister Aller took part of the 12th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference „Food for All! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition”, held as part of the Green Week fair.
Minister Aller also hosted the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Moldova, Mr Ion Perju, at the Estonian exhibition area, where they signed a cooperation agreement between the two ministries.
“I believe that the cooperation agreement we signed will give a new momentum to the active cooperation between our two countries. The cooperation agreement establishes a framework for cooperation both between our ministries and agencies under their governance, which hopefully will yield several mutually beneficial projects,” Minister Aller said.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Moldova thanked Estonia for its support and help. “The agricultural and rural experience and traditions offered by Estonia have been extremely important for Moldova,” Minister Perju stressed.
Currently, Moldova’s import exceeds its export twofold. The country’s aim is to increase export into the EU and is especially interested in increasing the export of honey and egg powder. A prerequisite for that is building an animal by-product treatment facility and Estonia is willing to fully share its expertise and help Moldova achieve that goal.
Minister Aller invited his Moldovan colleague to Estonia to attend the agricultural fair in autumn with a delegation and asked for Moldova’s support in declaring 2025 the International Year of Rye at the UN. Minister Perju assured Moldova’s support for the International Year of Rye and in turn, extended an invitation to attend the Moldovan wine festival in October.
Minister Aller also met with the Ministers of Agriculture of Ukraine, Croatia, Georgia and Kazakhstan and had a joint lunch with the Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.