Agroexpo, the fair that brings together the agricultural sector in Colombia, was held this year from July 13th to July 23rd at the Corferias venue in Bogotá, sustainability and technologies being the main focus.
Since 1977, this event has aimed to educate the public about work and life in the countryside. In this sense, the organizers continue to showcase the details of the sector in Colombia and Latin America.
Colombia, a powerhouse in food production
Another objective of this 24th edition was to recognise the country as a powerhouse in food production in the region. In the agricultural sector, Colombia ranks among the top 5 countries in the world in coffee, avocado, and palm oil production, and among the top 10 in sugar cane, plantain, pineapple, and cocoa production.
Regarding livestock, it is the most prominent activity in Colombia’s vast territory. Annually, more than 7 billion liters of milk and over 800,000 tons of beef are produced, both for domestic consumption and for export.
Colombian livestock consists of around 28 million head of cattle, mainly bovines, with a smaller presence of buffaloes. According to José Félix Lafaurie, the president of Fedegán, the federation that represents the sector, approximately 700,000 Colombians are employed in the livestock industry, with the majority being small-scale producers.
Sustainability and technologies
“Cultivating the future of our country’s food and agriculture” is the main message of this edition. The trade show will feature about 600 exhibitors who will showcase their efforts to permanently incorporate the latest technology into agricultural tasks.
On the other hand, the renewed commitment to working in an environmentally friendly manner will also be one of the main focuses of this edition. The organizers have highlighted the need to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the ecosystem and to “respect the environment that allows us to produce.” In this regard, water usage and waste management aim to adopt a new concept by rationalizing the production chain.
International presence in Agroexpo 2023
Representatives from countries such as Brazil, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina will be present at this edition, showcasing the best of their agro-industrial and livestock proposals in machinery and supplies.
The objective is to join efforts to participate in the commitment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, which aims to “end hunger, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture.”