Photo inauguration SIMA 2019

Didier Guillaume, France's Agriculture and Food Minister, visits SIMA on opening day!

SIMA was honoured to have Didier Guillaume, France's Agriculture and Food Minister, officially open the show.

Highlight of the day

During his visit, he was able to meet and talk with numerous stakeholders from the agricultural national and world scene. He was accompanied by Martine Dégremont, SIMA Director, and Frédéric Martin, Chairman of AXEMA, to see all of the show's diversity.

Conferences

DESIGNING TOMORROW’S CROPPING SYSTEMS TODAY

Round table offered by AXEMA and SIMA, organised with INRA

Crop production is faced with the aims of increasing production performance and reducing environmental impact. These are major challenges for the cropping systems of tomorrow. Several original approaches can be considered in order to change habits and practices. First of all, we need to explore how to increase the Land Equivalent Ratio (LER) beyond 1. The possibilities offered by intercropping (better use of different soil horizons) and catch crops (occupying the soil for longer) can be considered to increase the LER. The second approach involves closing the nutrient cycle, especially that of nitrogen. Reactive nitrogen is an element that is essential to food and feed, in the form of protein, and to plant growth in the form of ammonium or nitrates. However, it is also a water pollutant where nitrates are present in excess, and a powerful greenhouse gas when in the form of nitrous oxide. It is therefore essential to close the loop more efficiently.

Events

Innovation as a creator of social cohesion: a new factor in economic and civic growth? 

Changes in lifestyles and consumption patterns in recent decades have tended to break down existing social links, both horizontally (between consumers) and vertically (between producer, distributor and consumer). The new, sharing patterns of consumption and the desire for quality and transparency - trends resulting from a new globalised civic awareness - are leading to the re-creation of these links. What are the economic and societal impacts? What answers does innovation offer in these ever-changing markets?

Did you know?

A clever farmer robot

CARRE – Hall 5a – Stand F 095

ANATIS is a connected agricultural robot that helps farmers on an everyday basis. It removes weeds in full autonomy, guided by GPS and a camera, and doesn't require a driver or labour.
The robot collects information like outside temperature and hydronometry. Extra bonus: it communicates with farmers by text message.