The programme of the International Asparagus Days

The programme of the International Asparagus Days

The  asparagus industry will be in the spotlight at Macfrut 2021 (from 7 to 9 September at the Rimini Expo Centre). This is the new feature of the fourth edition of the International Asparagus Days (IAD), an exhibition that will take place during the three-day Macfrut trade fair, featuring numerous exhibiting companies, conferences, a test field and technical visits. The IAD aims to establish itself as a major international event dedicated to asparagus growing, providing all the information and innovations that the sector needs, especially with regard to cultivation and marketing techniques, in order to bring production closer to consumers. The IAD will be coordinated by Luciano Trentini with technical and scientific support from Christian Befve, one of the world’s leading experts in the asparagus supply chain. 
 
‘This fourth edition is packed with activities and is also sure to provide plenty of food for thought on the lesser-known aspects of this product,’ explains Luciano Trentini in commenting on the event. ‘This is why I am confident that it will encourage and initiate an important dialogue between Italian and foreign asparagus growers.’ 
 
Exhibitors
A total of 25 exhibiting companies will be participating, representing the various supply chain segments: the production and marketing of white and green asparagus; the production of technical equipment, machinery and equipment for the cultivation of seedlings, crowns and seeds; specific packaging machines for asparagus, and much more. Although times are difficult right now due to international travel restrictions, 30% of exhibitors are from abroad. 
 
Dynamic area 
At the trade fair, a test field has been set up in the IAD area with dynamic demonstrations to be held by various companies, including Bagioni, Zanarini, Engels, Forigo, etc. During the IAD days, participants will be able to request dedicated guided tours at the exhibitors’ farms.   
 
Conferences
To promote knowledge at such a crucial time in the development of this crop, two afternoon conference sessions have been scheduled on Tuesday 7 September, from 5:00 p.m. Participants will be able to visit the exhibition and attend Christian Befve’s presentation on the highly topical subject of climate change, as well as Julien Rocherieux’s presentation on the creation of experimental fields for evaluating new cultivars that are the result of highly active genetic improvement. 
On Wednesday 8 September, several conferences will be held by Didier Duprat, who will talk about the difficulty of finding manpower, especially for harvesting and packaging. In addition, the costs involved and the developments in mechanisation to reduce human labour will be analysed.
 
Technical Visits
On Thursday 9 September, technical visits are scheduled to take place, which participants can attend (prior registration is required). The first visit will take place at the Coviro plant nursery in Cervia, where participants will have the opportunity to see how asparagus crowns are produced and the varieties on offer as part of the 2022 campaign. This will be followed by a visit to Bosco Mesola, where participants will have the chance to see several innovations applied to asparagus at Davide Zanellati’s farm (in particular, twin row planting density, with rows three metres apart). The two hectares dedicated to asparagus production are heated by an innovative heating system that does not use hot water; instead, heat is provided by an electric heating cable that runs on electricity. The last visit of the day will take place in the afternoon at Mario Visentini’s asparagus farm, stretching across about 25 hectares, where we will be looking at the main aspects of asparagus production in an area bordering the Po Delta Park.
 
 

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