The webinar “Agritech - Discover the potential of Slovenia and Japan in agriculture” organised by SPIRIT Invest Slovenia public agency, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo and MAFF Japan, was held on 25 March 2021, with 120 participants from Slovenia and Japan.
At the event, the audience was addressed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Japan, Dr. Ana Polak Petrič, Ambassador of Japan to Slovenia, Mr. Hiromichi Matsushima, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Jože Podgoršek, and the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan Dr. Seishi Kumano.
This was followed by a presentation of the Slovenian business environment with an emphasis on innovative solutions in the field of agriculture by Ms. Dijana Madžarac from the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and presentation of development projects in Slovenian agriculture by Dr. Tatjana Zagorc, director of the Chamber of Agricultural and Food Companies. Dr. Takuya Sato from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture presented the operation of the Platform for the Integration of Knowledge and Innovation. Mr. Boris Nicolas Erjavec, Executive Director of AGRA, who presented the activities and plans of the AGRA fair for 2021 and 2022, concluded the panel.
The central stage of the conference was reserved for presentations of innovative solutions of six Slovenian and Japanese companies in the field of AgriTech: KUBOTA CORPORATION (JAP) who recently invested in a Slovenian tech company, ACIES BIO (SLO), AC PLANTA (JAP), ARK Inc. (JAP), PanOrganix (SLO) and WABOOST (SLO). Companies have demonstrated high-tech innovations related to biotechnology, water purification and improvement systems, aquaculture, and smart pest management.
The conference was closed by Dr. Tomaž Kostanjevec, director of SPIRIT Slovenia, who emphasised that both Slovenian and Japanese economies have great potential and can offer high-tech solutions in the field of agriculture.
The webinar’s organisers are inviting anyone interested to participate to the B2B sessions, which will be held at International Agriculture and Food Exhibition AGRA in Slovenia at the end of August 2021.
The video is now available on the English web page and on the Japanese web page.