The opening ceremony for what is currently the world’s largest agricultural fair featured European Agriculture, Food Security, and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and agricultural ministers from a range of participating countries.
German Minister of Food and Agriculture Hans-Peter Friedrich highlighted the agriculture and food sector’s significant role in Germany’s economic development.
Germany’s agricultural export value approached 54 billion euro in 2013, he said.
Friedrich revealed the 750,000 businesses operating in the field generate jobs for 4.5 million workers.
Germany prioritizes small and medium-sized enterprises specialising in sustainable development and environmental protection.
The 10-day event attracts 1,650 businesses and is expecting more than 400,000 visitors.
A 124,000 square metre display space is showcasing traditional agricultural products alongside the latest in food processing technology.
The fair also incorporates a global forum on food and agriculture involving almost 70 ministers and deputy ministers and representatives from leading international food and agricultural businesses.
About 300 conferences, seminars, and bilateral meetings are also planned for the sidelines of Green Week, covered by over 5,000 reporters.