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02.
May
2013

Agricultural fairs marching through Baltics

April is the month during which major agricultural fairs are held in Baltic states, starting from Kaunas, Lithuania and in the beginning of the month and ending in Tartu, Estonia. Usually fields are still too wet at such time and farmers are crowding in the events checking what's new and some still trying to shop for coming spring seeding season.

 

April is the month during which major agricultural fairs are held in Baltic states, starting from Kaunas, Lithuania and in the beginning of the month and ending in Tartu, Estonia.  Usually fields are still too wet at such time and farmers are crowding in the events checking what's new and some still trying to shop for coming spring seeding season.

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn't look like it was April, does it?

"What one will seed..." is the name for Lithuanian event.  However mother nature postponed seeding for later.  Visitors and exhibitors found machines covered with 10-15 cm of snow in the morning of April 5.  Nevertheless, that has not frightened neither farmers, nor President of Lithuania. Tens of thousands of visitors came to one of the biggest and most popular event around Baltic sea (Germany, of course, excluded).  Unfortunately, Bednar machines were not displayed there, however, agreements were made with future partners and will be announced soon.

 

   
 Aerial view of agricultural exhibition "Ką pasėsi..." in agricultural university's campus, Kaunas, Lithuania (photo from www.aerial.tv) President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė visiting agricultural show "Ką pasėsi..."

 

In the meantime in Riga...

 

It happens that Lithuania and Latvia hold agricultural events at the same time.  Latvian one takes place in outskirts of Riga, Ramava exposition centre, also covered by snow at the time.  Times smaller event in terms of stand area, number and variety of machinery exhibited than Lithuanian, ignored by importers of all major brands, it is still visited by majority of members of farming community.  AR Agro, one of Bednar's partners in the country, did not regret it got onto fair.  According to Andris Stamers, owner and director of the company, farmers demonstrated genuine interest in Terraland TN 3000Profi D7R and SwifterDisc XO 5000F displayed in the stand.

 

   
 Andris Stamers, director and owner of AR Agro, explaining features and benefits of SwifterDisc XO 5000 F in Pavasaris'2013, Ramava exposition center, Riga, Latvia. Stokker Agritech did their own show during exhibition in Ramava. Fenix FO 5000 - one of the key news

 

... And Jelgava

 

As mentioned below some importers ignored Pavasaris'2013 show in Ramava.  One of them was Stokker Agritech another Bednar's partner in Latvia.  Instead Agritech invited farmers to their own facility for a snack, drink and some serious talk about farm machinery.  During presentations and outside demonstrations seasonal machinery news were presented.  One of the most focused on was Bednar Fenix FO 5000 cultivator, extremely versatile machine, specifically well suited for Latvian wet autumns and heavy soils.

 

   
 Winter stayed around despite it was April.  Agritech erected heated tent for presentations and snack time. While parents dicussed agricultural machinery, kids were doing their own business!

 

Maamess - most northern point, but the only where sun shined

 

Well, it's Tartu, final destination.  Some farmers, but especially machinery manufacturers' representatives visit all the Baltic events.  Every conversation after handshake was starting exclusively like this: "Wow, what a relieve the weather like this is.  Remember Kaunas?"  Even though fields around Tartu were literally under water, snow was gone, temperature close to 20 degrees and seeding season seemed to be just around the corner.

 

 
 What a wonderful life when sun shines like this! Stokker's product manager Ergo Viil discussing with farmers Atlas AO 6000 at Maamess' 2013 in Tartu, Estonia.

 

 

Gytis Slavinskas
Area manager