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One of the world’s largest agriculture and food fair „Internationale Grüne Woche” begins in Berlin

20. January 2011 - 0:00



At one of the world’s biggest agriculture and food fair „International Grüne Woche” commencing tonight in Berlin, Estonia will sign cooperation agreements with several German federal states, which main focus is on vocational education and research and development.


According to the Minister of Agriculture of Estonia Helir-Valdor Seeder, innovative agriculture and good agricultural education are one of the most important topics in ensuring food security during the upcoming decades. „Demand for food will increase drastically within the upcoming decades and it is not possible to satisfy this need without science,” explained Seeder.

Cooperation agreements will be signed with Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein federal states.

On Friday evening, Seeder will meet the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Jelena Skrõnnik to discuss the topics regarding the future cooperation agreement. Meetings will also be held with the ministers of agriculture of Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia.

On Saturday, the Estonian delegation will participate at the second Berlin Agriculture Ministers´ Summit, where the topic is „Trade and Global Food Security.”

International Grüne Woche will last until January 30. The central theme of this year’s Estonian stand is the sea and fish products. Estonian stand reflects well the main theme of this year’s Capital of Culture Tallinn – Stories of the Seashore.

Visitors can taste traditionally popular Tallinn spicy sprats. In addition, a full range of fish is being offered: Baltic herring in marinade with vegetables, Baltic herring rolls in garlic marinade, spicy sprat fillet, marinated Narva fried lamprey-eels, salted trout, marinated cod, smoked sprats, herring in mustard sauce etc. Estonia wishes to stress on their traditional fish species and preparation methods, because it is important to be different from the others at this big food festival and offer new flavours to the German and international audience.

The fair has been held since 1926. This year, exhibitors are using the area in 26 exhibition halls (115 000 m2 in total) and during ten days, the fair will be visited by up to half a million people. The Estonian stand at the exhibition is organised by the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce.

Additional information:
Hindrek Riikoja
Public Relations Department
Ministry of Agriculture
+372 6256 255, +372 53 030 865