The Research Institute of Agricultural Econoics, Ministry of Agriculture and Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture, as Hungaraian organizers of the Outlook 2018 Conference (held 15-16 May, 2018 at Herceghalom), with the supporting contribution of the experts of the AGMEMOD Consortium and the European Commission, aimed at discussing the medium-term agri-food market trends, and at introducing the innovations offered by the compound feed industry to enhance environmental sustainability.

The Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI), the Ministry of Agriculture (FM) and the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) consider it a priority task to bring, with the involvement of acknowledge international partners, Hungarian stakeholders in the agri-food sector closer to the main challenges they will face in the coming decade, and to find solutions to these in a joint effort.

The Hungarian organizers of the Outlook 2018 Conference (held 15-16 May, 2018 at Herceghalom), with the supporting contribution of the experts of the AGMEMOD Consortium and the European Commission, aimed at discussing the medium-term agri-food market trends, and at introducing the innovations offered by the compound feed industry to enhance environmental sustainability.

On the first day of the Conference, with more than two hundred participants, the AGMEMOD Consortium presented the outlook projections for cereals and oilseeds markets, as well as for the pork and poultry meat, and the dairy sectors, with special regard to the projected market developments in the Central and Eastern European region.

On behalf of the Hungarian organizers, Gergely Papp, deputy director-general of NAK, greeted the participants. In his brief speech, he pointed out, among other things, that informing agricultural producers and professional consultations could not be more timely with the negotiations of the budget for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the FP9 Research and Innovation Framework Program, but at the same time it is of vital importance to orient the professional dialogue towards the growing environmental and societal challenges faced by crop and livestock farmers, as well as the related, more stringent requirements and the compliance with them..

Martin Banse, Director of the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis and co-chair of the AGMEMOD consortium, introduced presented the AGMEMOD model developed for CAP impact assessment on agricultural commodities at the EU Member State level to support policy decision makers. Besides he highlighted that this regional workshop in Hungary will provide important information and feedback to improve the quality of the market projections at the level of Member States which will also become important for the assesements of the upcoming new CAP legislation.

Wrapping out the first day, Jesus Barreiro-Hurle from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre highlighted the need for scientists developing projections and market experts with field knowledge to engage in constructive discussions to reach a shared view of market developments in the mid-term. This is a necessary starting point for policy design and evaluation.In this sense, AGMEMOD is ideally placed to allow MS preparing the new CAP Strategy Plans to tackle the new challenges the agricultural sector faces.

The second day of the Conference, focusing on compound feed production, was opened by Tamás Tarpataki, Head of the Agri-Food Market Department of FM. In his brief welcome, he addressed the representatives of the compound feed industry who, during the day, outlined the new and innovative solutions developed, inter alia, to optimize the nutritional value of feed, thereby contributing to the environmental sustainability of livestock farming.

Ildikó Edit Tikász, Head of Cash Crop Production and Animal Nutrition Research Department of AKI ponted out in her opening presentation those sustainability challenges posed by European Union that Hungarian market players respond through their own hands-on experience. It also provides different tracing tools to insure the assessment of business performance and the measurement of environ­mental impacts on farm and national level based on common international methodology.

The questions raised during the program were answered by the speakers in the final panel discussion.

The conference offered unique policy support and industry insights: it acquainted stakeholders with the legislative and market challenges posed by sustainability requirements, and considered innovative ways to cope with these challenges to enhance competitiveness in the near future.

 

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