BIOMIN Announces Opening of Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock

By Matt Holmes, March 22, 2019

Opening of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock on 21 March 2019. 
Pictured [from left to right]: Nicole Reisinger, Scientist at BIOMIN Research Center, Franz Waxenecker, Development and Innovation Director at BIOMIN, Barbara Metzler-Zebeli, Associate Professor at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Franz Berthiller, Associate Professor at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Reinhart Kögerler, President of Christian Doppler Research Association, Qendrim Zebeli, Head of Laboratory at Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds of Vetmeduni Vienna, Petra Winter, Rector Vetmeduni Vienna, Renee Petri, Associate Professor at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer and Director of Executive Board at ERBER Group, Otto Doblhoff-Dier, Vice-Rector Vetmeduni Vienna, Hubert Hasenauer, Rector BOKU Vienna, Gerd Schatzmayr, Research Director at BIOMIN Research Center. 

Global animal nutrition firm BIOMIN has announced the official opening of a new research lab to sustainably strengthen and improve the gut health of livestock in cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and BOKU University in Austria. 

The new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock will operate with a planned budget of EUR4.7 million for up to seven years. It receives backing from BIOMIN and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW).

“We’re looking to take the knowledge of gut health to the next level, and to infuse those findings into further cutting-edge solutions that deliver value to clients by supporting healthy animals,” remarked Dr Gerd Schatzmayr, Research Director of the BIOMIN Research Center. 

The Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock applies advanced nutrition science, integrative gut models and cutting-edge “-Omics” technologies aiming to advance knowledge and discover tools that will lead to sustainable enhancement of gut and systemic health in cattle and pigs.

“To achieve this fundamental goal, we have designed a multi-stage research approach. It is based on complementary in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo intestinal models and should methodically close knowledge gaps in the field of intestinal health,” explained Prof Qendrim Zebeli, head of the new CD Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock and the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Materials of Vetmeduni Vienna.

“Through global partnerships with research organizations such as the Christian Doppler Research Association, we are well placed to conduct pure and applied research to enhance food security and make livestock rearing more sustainable,” stated Dr Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer and Director of Executive Board at ERBER Group. Dr Binder serves as a Deputy Chair of the Christian Doppler Research Association’s Scientific Board. 

The opening ceremony for the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock was held on 21 March 2019, followed by a symposium on animal gut health. The laboratory includes a main module on the campus of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and an external module at the IFA-Tulln of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU). 

“Healthier livestock and less use of antibiotics through innovation in the field of life sciences – here once again shows that the cooperation of companies and science brings benefits for all involved,” said Dr Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.

Famsun celebrates opening of Bioalimentar feed mill

Famsun has celebrated the opening of the largest comprehensive feed mill in Latin America.

The project in Ecuador for Bioalimentar was put into operation on December 18 and cost more than $10million (US dollars).

Using Famsun’s latest technology it contains a shrimp feed pelleting line, a shrimp feed extrusion line, a pet food processing line, a poultry feed and an aquafeed processing line.

Total capacity can reach an impressive 60 tonnes per hour using FPD  (Flat Panel Display) delivery tools.

The plant took a year to construct and install and opened on December 18.

A spokesman for Famsun said: “The successful operation of this project marks that the technology level of feed production in Latin America has connected to the international development, and the success of Famsun’s localisation strategy. 

“Famsun will continue to provide practical and feasible solutions to promote the improvement of feed processing technology in Latin America.”

View a virtual tour of the feed mill here

Bühler joins sustainability drive

By Matt Holmes, March 19, 2019

Bühler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of nearly 200 forward-thinking companies. By connecting with WBCSD, Bühler says it can make a real impact on global corporate sustainability and on providing the growing world population with the nourishment and mobility solutions of the future.

“We are delighted to join WBCSD and to help contribute to their mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world via the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Stefan Scheiber, Buhler CEO

“We want our customers to be successful, we want everyone to have access to safe and healthy food, and we want to live in a climate that supports and sustains them and future generations. 

“No one can manage the task of sustainable food production or sustainable mobility on their own,” Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO, said. 

“Innovations are key to driving change, and these are sparked with broad, inclusive collaborative networks. 

“We have been joining forces with conscientious market participants to scale innovations for years and the move to join WBCSD’s innovative network is an important step to furthering our sustainable business goals, and most importantly, in developing new means to feed to world.”

 Every day, two billion people enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced with our machinery. Bühler technologies and solutions are used in the global production and processing of grains, corn, rice, pasta, pulses, cereal, chocolate, snacks, wafers, coffee, and feed for fish, pets, and livestock. 

They are also used for smart phones, solar panels, diapers, cosmetics, banknotes, energy-efficient buildings, eye glasses, and more. Having this global relevance, Bühler says it is in an ideal position to address some of the world’s pressing challenges and transform them into sustainable business solutions.

 WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “WBCSD is pleased to welcome Bühler as our newest member. We are dedicated to working towards a transformation of the key systems across society, and this can only be achieved in collaboration with companies across the full value chain. Bühler’s focus on technology can be a real game-changer in sustainability terms. We are keen to begin working together.”

Peter Bakker

 The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. The WBCSD galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. 

Together with its members, who represent all business sectors, the council shares best practices on sustainable development issues and develops innovative tools that change the status quo.

 Ian Roberts, Bühler CTO said: “Industry must step up and take responsibility for reducing environmental impacts. We are already hitting planetary boundaries. 

“Now – more than ever – it is time to take decisive action to ensure quality of life today and for future generations. 

“In joining the world’s most responsible business leaders in WBCSD, we are broadening our collaborative approach to bringing about the sustainable turnaround that we so urgently need.”

Ian Roberts

Nabim on Rules of Origin

Nabim is keeping the pressure on Government to ensure Brexit won’t leave its members at a disadvantage post March 29.

In a report called the Rules of Origin Report, Nabim asks whether there is a a “hidden hard Brexit’ for food and drink exporters.

The 30-page report by Ian Wright, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and nabim Director General Alex Waugh sets out the background to the rules of origin and what nabim wants to happen.

The introduction says: “ Food and drink is at the heart of our national security – the first duty of the government is to ensure the country is fed and watered. There is no sector with more at stake in the Brexit negotiations than the UK’s £112 billion ‘farm to fork’ food and drink industry which employs four million people. 

“Leaving the EU will inevitably change the terms on which food and drink are traded between the UK and the EU. As with all other products and services, these goods will go from being traded seamlessly in the EU single market to being exports and imports between the EU and the UK. With over 70% of our food and non-alcoholic drink exports going to the EU, policymakers and businesses in the EU and the UK will need to undertake a wide range of mitigating actions to manage the disruption this change will bring and help businesses get to grips with the new trading environment. 

“Assuming the UK doesn’t agree to a future customs union with the EU, one of the greatest challenges facing businesses, large and small, would come in the form of ‘rules of origin’. The UK government has set out its intention to negotiate an ambitious free trade agreement with the EU. We hope this will avoid the introduction of tariffs on food and drink traded between the UK and EU. However, to benefit from that preferential access, business on both sides will need to comply with origin requirements. 

“Rules of origin are the complex requirements that determine whether or not a product is produced ‘locally’ in the UK or the EU – its economic nationality. If it is not deemed to be sufficiently British, it may not qualify for these preferential tariff rates. 

“This is a hugely important issue for food and drink manufacturers, in both the EU and the UK. The UK, like the EU, is a major producer and exporter of high-quality food, selling over £22 billion in overseas markets. But like most modern economies, the ingredients in those UK products are a rich mix of goods from the UK and around the world, many of which are not produced in the UK or not in sufficient quantity throughout the year. 

“The levels at which global content will be allowed in such food and drink products will be set during negotiations to determine our future trading relationship with the EU. When this happens, producers may find themselves shut out of preferential trade between the EU and the UK. In effect, as this report sets out, they face a ‘hidden hard Brexit’. 

“This is why we asked Global Counsel to offer constructive solutions as to how we might minimise the impact of these stringent rules on the UK’s manufacturers of food and drink. As many of the issues it raises also apply for EU exporters to the UK, we hope it will be read as widely in Brussels as in Whitehall. 

“At the heart of the dilemma is how the EU and the UK design a new agreement that avoids disruption to supply chains that are central to the economy and to food security. In short, how the EU and UK provide shoppers and consumers with the fantastic array of safe, affordable and nutritious food and drink that they currently expect to enjoy every day. “

Nabim awards certificates to top students

The National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim) met with members from the London and South East Milling Association (LSEMS) in London and the North of England Flour Millers’ Association at the Old Golf House Hotel, Huddersfield to present certificates to students who came top in the nabim milling examinations.

The meeting at 21 Arlington Street, London, heard an address from Nabim Director General Alex Waugh and the President George Marriage.

Alex Waugh began by  talking about Brexit. He said: “It is a complete fog – you can understand why people are fed up with it (Brexit).

“There has been a complete failure of politicians on all sides.”

He said Nabim had been working on aspects of Brexit which “could make a difference to your businesses.”

“The flour milling industry is quite serious and does things properly. It is best in class and nobody else has done that – we have set the agenda.”

Mr Waugh spoke about what Nabim had been doing in preparation for Brexit.

He said the organisation had been working tirelessly with various stakeholders about what to do in the event of a no deal Brexit as well as how a deal might affect members.

Nabim holds a monthly briefing session with members by telephone to update them on Brexit.

Nabim has been working with the Arable and Agrifoood Brexit Group.

“That has been a good group and we have learnt a lot from it. We are doing our best to prepare for whatever the outcome is.”

He showed the meeting in London and Huddersfield a flowchart of how Nabim predicted Brexit would go – and it was remarkably accurate.

“That was quite prescient because there has been a jam in Parliament and it is precisely where the debate is now.

“The truth is nobody really knows what is going to happen.

“We need to make sure that the rules of origin allow us to make the goods. The work has been done and the understanding has been established,” he added.

He went on to talk about technical and regulatory matters affecting millers such as new rules governing how much ergot is permissible in flour and the prospect of having flour fortified with folic acid.

“There will be a consultation later in the Spring,” he said.

Wheat quality assessments and Red Tractor status were also important for the milling industry.

Mr Marriage then gave a talk about Nabim’s pioneering development of the “virtual mill” which is an exciting industry development.

The virtual mill is an interactive online facility for students of milling. It has everything a real mill would have – from plan sifters to roller mills – in a virtual environment.

“Our training programmes have a long and very distinguished history in milling,” he said.

“Millers who have taken the Advanced Milling Diploma have clearly benefited from it.”

Mr Marriage then awarded a certificate to Emily Munsey, of Clarks Mill in Wantage. Emily, 20, got the highest UK grade in Module 6 (Power and Automation)

Emily Munsey

The Nabim contingent then moved up north to Huddersfield where more students who had won top marks in the various modules were also presented with a certificate.

They were: Katie Barwise, 28, of Silloth Mill, Carrs who got the top mark for Module 7 – Flour Mill Management.

Katie Barwise and George Marriage

Katie said: “My grandfather was a joiner at Silloth Mill so I wanted to work there and keep it in the family.”

Craig Slater – was Hovis at the time, now Whitworths (Manchester) – Module 1 (Safety, Health and Hygiene)

Craig Slater and George Marriage

Mohammed Sarwar – ADM (Knottingley) – Module 2 (Wheat and the Screenroom)

Mohammed Sarwar – ADM (Knottingley) – joint top Module 3 (Mill Processes and Performance)

Mohammed Sarwar and George Marriage

Jack Westhead – ADM (Liverpool) – joint top Module 3 (Mill Processes & Performance)

Jack Westhead and George Marriage

Laura Lawson – Carrs (Kirkcaldy) – Module 4 (Product Handling, Storage & Distribution) – did not attend and Katie Barwise received it on her behalf.

Jennifer Cunnah – ADM (Liverpool) – Module 5 (Flour)

Mr Marriage ended by talking about health and safety saying the focus was on stress and mental health in the workplace., He ended by showing a video of a dust explosion in Buxton where a 16kg bag of flour exploded causing mass destruction.

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Alapala Makina Awarded Prestigious R&D Centre Certificate

By Matt Holmes, March 8, 2019

Alapala Makina, one of the world’s leading companies in the milling industry, has been awarded the “R&D Center Certificate” by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology. 

With over 600 turnkey projects completed around the world with its 65 years of experience and exporting to over 120 countries today, Alapala Makina has its own “R&D Center” with the certificate awarded by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology. 

In its new “R&D Center”, the company will focus on the development of new milling machinery and plans to enhance in contribution to Turkish economy in machinery export.

Completing turnkey factories including the construction, machinery and the technology used, technologies and machinery in over 100 countries in four continents from Europe to the US, Alapala installs global pasta and flour mills in many countries, including developed industrial countries such as Germany, France, Italy and the US. 

Speaking about this development, CEO of Alapala Makina Görkem Alapala said: “Our goal as a company is to introduce innovative ideas for our customers. For this reason, we emphasise great importance to R&D activities and investments in this field. 

“We allocate an average of two percent of our annual turnover to R&D activities. We carry out R&D activities on a 250 square meter area and 19 people work in the center. 

“Currently, we continue our works for our product range and new projects. In this period of industry and robotic technologies progressing very rapidly in the world, we are trying to do our best so that our company and our country does not fall behind in these areas. We will focus more on our efforts in this area with the incentives to be provided through this certificate awarded by the Ministry,” Alapala said.

“In 2015, we founded Alapala R&D Engineering in Çorum Teknokent and continued our R&D activities through this company. From the first day of our foundation, we are using our own resources and we are continuously developing projects in cooperation with universities and institutions like TÜBİTAK for the last 3 years. We export the technology developed by our team of 19 people to the world. 

“We perform about 20 turnkey projects per year. We have received 29 patents and 15 design registrations until today. We are accelerating our operations in this field every day. In 2018, we applied for 4 patents and 5 design registrations. In 2019, our target is to apply for 3 patents and 9 design registrations,” Alapala noted. 

Alapala also mentioned about their targets to create smart factories by making the equipment used in the milling and machinery process compatible with the Industry 4.0. 

“In the last 3 years, we have completed 1 KOSGEB and 1 TÜBİTAK Industrial R&D projects. 

“The R&D facility project with a budget of approximately 3 million TL is ongoing since 2017. Our project application to the Ministry of Economy is under evaluation. 

“We have also participated in the INOSUIT program to build the SYSTEMSEL and CORPORATE infrastructure of Innovation as part of the University-Industry cooperation. This and such initiatives and investments will put Alapala and Turkey forward in terms of industry in the world,” Alapala said. 

BIOMIN Launches FUMzyme® sol, the First-Ever Water-Soluble Solution Against Fumonisins

By Matt Holmes, March 7, 2019

Animal nutrition firm BIOMIN is opening a new chapter in the field of mycotoxin risk management with the introduction of FUMzyme®sol, the first-ever water-soluble purified enzyme that can be easily sprayed on extruded feed and effectively degrades fumonisins into non-toxic metabolites. 

“FUMzyme®sol offers feed and livestock producers a targeted method to counteract fumonisins in extruded feed using proven and reliable proprietary technology,” stated Ursula Hofstetter, Head of Global Product Management Mycotoxins at BIOMIN

“With this development, BIOMIN becomes the only company to bring robust mycotoxin risk management to the post-extrusion stage of feed processing,” she added. 

“Fumonisins and mycotoxins in general are becoming a concern for the animal protein industry due to the higher inclusion of plant protein sources in diet formulations,” observed Ms Hofstetter. 

Fumonisins (FUM), which are produced by Fusarium proliferatumand F. verticilloides, predominantly contaminate corn (maize) and corn by-products. The fungal toxins are known to have harmful effects on food-producing animals, such as impairing growth, predisposing them to disease and contributing to a disruption of gut integrity.

According to the latest BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey, fumonisins occur in 80% of all corn samples analyzed worldwide, and their occurrence is spreading due to global warming and extreme weather phenomena. 

“Conventional mycotoxin binders are not sufficient to protect animals against fumonisin-contaminated feed. The FUMzyme®technology specifically targets fumonisins and quickly renders them non-toxic,” explained Ms Hofstetter. 

In vitroand in vivoexperiments show that FUMzyme®converts 60 parts per million (ppm) of fumonisin B1 into the non-toxic metabolite after just 15 minutes.

FUMzyme®sol uses enzymatic biotransformation to counteract fumonisins in the gastrointestinal tract of animals—an approach pioneered by BIOMIN that was first commercialized under the name FUMzyme®in 2013. FUMzyme®was registered in the European Union in 2014 as a technological feed additive for the degradation of fumonisins (No 1115/2014).

In response to customer requests, the BIOMIN Research Center developed a novel post-extrusion spray application. This required a concentrated formulation that is 200 times more powerful than the original. Just 5 grams of FUMzyme®sol has the same efficacy as 1 kilogram of Mycofix®Focus.

“The new spray application, which is the first of its kind in the field of mycotoxin deactivation, is the latest tool within the innovative Mycofix®range of mycotoxin risk management solutions,” stated Ms Hofstetter. 

“We look forward to introducing FUMzyme® sol at VIV Asia—the same forum where we debuted FUMzyme®years ago,” remarked Ms Hofstetter. “From there, we intend to bring the new product to customers globally. In addition, we plan to explore other uses for the water-soluble solution. 

BIOMIN will present FUMzyme®sol to customers for the first time in Hall 103 Booth #2050 at VIV Asia 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand from 13 to 15 March.

Customers are invited to visit BIOMIN stand in VIV Asia 2019 to talk to our experts and to attend the Antimicrobial Stewardship Seminarsponsored by BIOMIN on 14 March at BITEC

Biomin unveils Mycotoxin survey

By Matt Holmes, February 6, 2019

Biomin has released its annual mycotoxin survey for 2018.

The survey constitutes the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind, using advanced analytical tools on around 20,000 samples taken from 79 countries worldwide.

The survey results provide insights into the incidence of the six major mycotoxins in the chief agricultural commodities used for livestock feed. Over 81,936 analyses were conducted to identify the presence and potential risk posed to livestock animal production. 

“Climate change results in extreme weather conditions, making it one of the most influential factors contributing to variations in mycotoxin occurrence around the world”, explained Alexandro Marchioro, Senior Mycotoxin Expert at BIOMIN.

Alexandro Marchioro

Of the 18,424 finished feed and raw commodity samples sourced from 79 countries, a full 67% of samples contained at least one mycotoxin present in sufficient concentrations to pose a risk to animal health or performance. 

“In light of these contamination levels, it is advisable to regularly test feed ingredients and adopt a robust mycotoxin risk management program,” stated Mr. Marchioro. 

Main trends

  • Average concentrations of fumonisins in corn (maize) are high (2596 parts per billion (ppb)) in 2018. 
  • In North America, deoxynivalenol is the most prevalent mycotoxin, reaching 67% of the total samples.
  • There is significant prevalence of DON and T-2 mycotoxin in cereals in Europe. 

MULTIPLE MYCOTOXIN OCCURRENCE

A full 70% of samples contained two or more mycotoxins. Multiple mycotoxin contamination of feed presents additional problems, as certain combinations of mycotoxins are known to have synergistic effects that aggravate negative consequences for animals. 

“In 2018 we detected a high prevalence of the so-called emerging mycotoxins. This is a hot topic in mycotoxin research at the moment. We need to get more insights on the impact of these substances on animal health, especially the synergistic effect with the commonly found and well known mycotoxins”, observed Mr. Marchioro. 

Download the full survey by visiting Biomin here.

Bühler signs insect deal

By Matt Holmes, February 5, 2019

Bühler Insect Technology Solutions, a pioneering provider of integrated solutions for insect rearing and processing, is combining its strengths with Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Together, they will offer advanced modular insect plant solutions to the booming insect industry.

Rising costs of proteins, potential health and growth benefits of insect-based ingredients for animals and an increased focus on sustainability are strong drivers for the emerging insect industry. 

Buhler working on insects

As a result, the sector has reported over US $300 million of investments in 2018 alone. To leverage this booming sector, Bühler Insect Technology Solutions (BITS), a pioneering provider of integrated solutions for insect rearing and processing, and Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling, have been cooperating since early 2018 with the objective of combining their strengths to provide efficient, integrated production plants.

 Andreas Aepli, CEO of Bühler Insect Technology Solutions, and Sumit Pingle, Vice President Agro & Protein Systems at Alfa Laval, have signed the exclusive partnership on Friday, February 22ndin Uzwil, Switzerland.

 Aepli says: “In Alfa Laval we are proud to have found a partner who shares our approach and vision in this exciting new industry. Thanks to this collaboration, we can further increase the efficiency and reliability of our solutions, setting high standards for the industry right from the start.” 

Pingle adds: “With the combined offering, we are in a unique position to provide the best insect processing solution in the market with unmatched product quality and safety.”

 Bühler Insect Technology Solutions and Alfa Laval aim to leverage each company’s technology capabilities, engineering know-how and market access. The two companies have jointly developed tailored solutions for heat transfer, solid and lipid separation, and fluid transfer that can be integrated seamlessly into modular insect plant solutions. 

Thanks to the joint expertise, these highly flexible solutions allow insect producers to easily ramp up production as demand increases. The products will be offered exclusively through Bühler Insect Technology Solutions.

 The two companies will also cooperate on further research and development, marketing and after-sales services. 

Nish Patel, President of Alfa Laval’s Food & Water Division, says: “We are looking forward to bringing our expertise from other applications to this dynamic new market. The collaboration with Bühler allows us to combine our proven technology with a complete, integrated solution – and serve the customers better than either of us could on our own.” 

Dieter Voegtli, President of the Global Sales and Service Organization at Bühler Group, adds: “We are convinced that insects will play an important role in making our food system more sustainable. 

“With installation works for the first industrial-scale insect plant in Europe nearing completion, we will soon have an operating proof point of the viability of our insect process technology in an industrial setting.”

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Best of British at Kiev expo

By Matt Holmes, February 27, 2019

THE best of British shone at the Agro Animal Grain-Tech Show 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Milling and Grain joined the Department for International Trade at the show which was held at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC).

The Agro-Animal Grain-Tech Expo held in Kiev, Ukraine 19-21 February 2019 saw the agreement of a new Export Health Certificate (EHC) between the UK and Ukraine to herald future trade in cattle semen and embryos between the two countries. This success is the result of negotiations with their counterparts in Ukraine on behalf of the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) with the support of Defra and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Around twenty UK businesses participated in the fifth UK National Pavilion at the show. Among the exhibitors were representatives of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) – the levy board which represents farmers, growers and others in the supply chain.

UK TAG – Technology for Agriculture and Genetics – brought representatives from the beef and swine sectors as well as sector specialists from the DIT.

They met farmers from across Ukraine and further afield who offered a wide range of products, such as equipment for storage and processing of grain and oilseed crops, production of mixed fodders, equipment for elevators and grain reception centres, flour-milling and cereal industry, seeds, means of plant protection, laboratory and weight measuring equipment, machinery and technologies for production of grain products.

Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Ukraine was among a delegation to officially open the Expo.

She said: “Ukrainian agriculture is a success and will contribute to the nourishment of a growing population.

“Ukraine is one of the most fertile countries on the planet which is yet to reach its full potential. There is a real appetite to share UK expertise – GB has one of the largest stands here.”

Edward Hoeks, Dutch Ambassador to the Ukraine said: “We have a growing population which we cannot sustain – this is down to us all. Consumers have been responding in their attitude to food and the agricultural sector is up to the challenge.”

Isabelle Dumont – French Ambassador to Ukraine said: “By binding together in partnership, we can achieve very much.”

The Great Britain stand was dominated by a set of huge JCB diggers beneath a Union Jack flag. 

Mark Oakes, Head of Bioeconomy at the Department for International Trade said UK expertise was in high demand in Ukraine: “I think shows like this are crucial for the companies that come out here and are able to do business to business meetings. It is down to making deals and that is where the DIT can help with opening up the market. So we can make progress with export health certificates.”

Richard Saunders, British Livestock Genetics, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said: “It is promoting the best of British genetics. It is important to look for new markets, however we need to have export certification – we are nearly there.

“The potential is strong in Ukraine. There is a lot of good breeds. We have improved Ukrainian stock.:

Nigel Overend, of Deerpark Pedigree Pigs, did strong business selling high quality pig semen and offering advice to Ukrainian farmers.

The experts all spoke at a special pig conference which focused on the spread of African Swine Fever.

Chris Jackson, of the British Pig Association said: “Pig farming is alive and kicking. The 90s was a devastation period – farms would go bankrupt. The sector was practically destroyed but in the 2000 it got better.

“With African Swine Fever the situation is critical now. It is our new reality and we have to coexist with it and until we find a vaccine we have to live with it.”

Edward Adamson, of UK Sheep Genetics gave advice on sheep to the Ukrainian farmers who attended the Expo.

Mykhailo Kovol of Olmix said: “It has been a great show for Olmix – we had more people than I expected. We have launched many many new products here.”

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