The DLG (German Agricultural Society) has decided to postpone the Agritechnica exhibition until March 2022.
The DLG said this morning (Monday, March 29) that itself; the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association; and Agritechnica’s exhibitor advisory board have concluded that insufficient certainty for planning currently exists for the exhibition to go ahead in November as planned.
The new dates for Agritechnica are February 27 to March 5, 2022.
The essential requirements for exhibitors, visitors and business partners to be able to gather again at Agritechnica are vaccine and test strategies that have been put into practice in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
"Our top priority is to offer exhibitors and visitors certainty in planning but this is not currently the case," said Dr. Reinhard Grandke, CEO of DLG.
"As a consequence, the decision to postpone Agritechnica was taken by the DLG in close cooperation with Agritechnica’s exhibitor advisory board and the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association as an industry partner," Dr. Grandke added.
We are convinced that by late summer, which is the deadline for exhibitors to register for Agritechnica 2022, we will be able to give our exhibitors and visitors the clarity necessary for...their planning.
Meanwhile, Anthony van der Ley, chairperson of the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association, said: "In close cooperation with the DLG, we have done everything we can to develop a trade fair concept for this autumn that is fit for the pandemic.
Van der Ley criticised the slow pace of Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Germany as a major cause of the postponement.
The third wave of the pandemic is currently in full force. But above all it is the disappointing vaccination policies in the German federal and regional governments which have unfortunately slowed us down for the time being.
"We are now looking to spring 2022 with fresh momentum and renewed energy so that we can celebrate an Agritechnica together as we know it and love it," he added.