ANVE PARTICIPATED AS ITALY’S REPRESENTATIVE

From 26-29 September 2017, the 69th Annual Congress of AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers, was held in Taichung on the island of Taiwan, with more than one hundred delegates coming from twenty-seven countries.

The Italian producers were represented by Leonardo Capitanio, Vice President, ANVE- National Nursery Gardening Exporters Association. There were various initiatives and meetings of interest to our industry at the convention, which is supported by the local TFDA Producers Association and the municipality of ANVE PARTICIPATED AS ITALY’S REPRESENTATIVE

From 26-29 September 2017, the 69th Annual Congress of AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers, was held in Taichung on the island of Taiwan, with more than one hundred delegates coming from twenty-seven countries.

The Italian producers were represented by Leonardo Capitanio, Vice President, ANVE- National Nursery Gardening Exporters Association. There were various initiatives and meetings of interest to our industry at the convention, which is supported by the local TFDA Producers Association and the municipality of Taichung. Let us look in detail at those that are relevant at the national level.

The portal www.phytoweb.it was shown by Mr. Capitanio. The demonstration was in response to the necessity, expressed primarily by the Chinese representative at the previous convention last January in Germany, to develop a tool that would permit the permit international phytosanitary regulations for handling plants to be consulted worldwide.

ANVE immediately communicated Phytoweb’s existence as a possible tool suitable for this purpose. Indeed, the portal makes administrative, customs, and phytosanitary information for exporting to non-EU countries easily available for consultation through a search engine that looks up plants, material to be exported, destination, insects, and diseases. The search results provide one (or more) summary forms of the requirements to be fulfilled for export to a specific non-EU country.

The convention’s program then continued with many other sessions, including one relating to trade fairs and international exhibitions. For the first time, requests for exemption from “Bologna & Emilia Romagna EXPO 2019” were submitted. In view of the indecisiveness of the Administrations to proceed with the formalization of the event and the commencement of work, the Organizing Committee requested postponing the deadlines for submitting the executive project, putting off the event for six months until 2020, and involving other cities in Emilia Romagna so as to have the EXPO encompass more of the area and therefore be more relevant to the entire region.

Following the EXPO topic, an inspection was carried out at the site hosting the “2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition”, scheduled for November 2018-April 2019. Construction work in the area is under way. However, one interesting aspect was the wholehearted request for Italy’s attendance that, because of its companies and nursery gardening products, is considered an internationally important country in production and trade. ANVE has clearly accepted the invitation and will soon begin to evaluate possible participation.

Another important topic for Italy was the approval of Flormart as a Class-D International Horticultural Trade Exhibition. It has therefore been officially recognized as an international event that we hope will lead to a quantitative and qualitative improvement of exhibitors and visitors from abroad. Moreover, AIPH decided to organize the next annual convention in Venice and Padua at the same time as Flormart 2018.

Mr. Capitanio expressed his participation, “I’m very pleased with what has come out and the results for Italy. I’ve also considered the professionalism of those in attendance. Everyone’s been very involved and it is clear that a cohesive group exists. In my opinion, this depends on what is being discussed, which must be extremely topical, such as Green Cities, plant health, the quality of plant materials, and promotional activities. Being here, we realize that sector issues are the same all over the world, including in Italy.”

 

“All these considerations will continue at the meeting next March in Melbourne, Australia. After that, we will do our best for the Venice-Padua convention in September 2018. I would also like to thank AIPH’s staff for the impeccable organization offered to its delegates. We have all come from faraway places but there was a high standard of assistance, both upon arrival in Taichung and during technical visits and inspections.”