21 June 2002

FARMING IN CENTRAL EUROPE

AND THE BLACK SEA REGION

THE Black Sea region of central and eastern Europe has gained increased recognition among UK farmers during the past 12 months, but for all the wrong reasons.

Following the EU commissions decision to do away with the special import duty on grain from this area, large volumes of top quality, bottom priced cereals have flooded in.

Grain prices have tumbled, compounding the financial woes of producers in existing member states.

On the premise that "if you cant beat em, join em", a growing number of British farmers have been thinking about investing in the region. Some have already made the leap.

It is therefore extremely timely for farmers weekly to combine forces with Trade Partners UK, DEFRA and Advantage West Midlands to present a special evening conference at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire on Thur, Jul 11 on Farming in Central Europe and the Black Sea Region.

A wide range of speakers will present their views and experiences on farming in the area.

Its a must-not-miss opportunity to hear about the evolving situation, the likely impact on UK farm businesses and the investment potential on offer.

There is a token charge of £15 to cover costs.

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The Conference Organiser, IFE, Lower Waldridge Farm, Ford, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP17 8XW.

(Conference organised by the Central Europe and Black Sea Region Promotion Group)

4.30pm Arrival and tea/coffee.

4.55pm Chairmans welcome – Peter Cheshire (chairman of the UK Food and Agriculture Working Group).

5.00pm The EU accession process – Richard Player (head of agri-food exports, DEFRA).

5.15pm Soft fruit growing in southern Poland – Andrew C Uren Evans (managing director, &#42 J Uren & Sons).

5.30pm Farming in central Europe – Christopher Graf Grote (managing director, Farmwealth).

5.45pm Agriculture in Romania and Bulgaria – Hugh Crooks (export promoter, Trade Partners UK).

6.00pm Question and answer – session 1.

6.15pm The GAP region of Turkey – Mustafa Aydogdu (regional director, the GAP administration).

6.30pm Agriculture in Turkey – Dr Numan Ozcan (faculty of agriculture, Cukurova University).

6.45pm Mechanisation in the region – Andrew Baugh (regional director, Agco Ltd).

7.00pm Russia, the agricultural opportunity – Richard Willows (operations director, Heartland Farms).

7.15pm The Global Partnership Initiative – Philippa David (project director, Advantage West Midlands).

7.30pm Question and answer – session 2.

8.00pm Buffet supper.