The third edition of Interpoma China, held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, saw Interpoma crowned as a reference point for the apple sector, in particular due to the importance of the international congress “China and the Apple in the World”. Coordinated by apple-growing expert Kurt Werth, the recently ended edition was the venue for 12 presentations to an audience of over 250 delegates by speakers from China, New Zealand, Switzerland and Italy.
As Liu Mau Wah, president of the Joy Wing Wah Group, one of the largest Chinese fruit distributors, explains: “Apple producers are currently the largest community in China, with 70% producing the Fuji variety. Fuji have been grown in China for many years, but the market now needs new varieties, which represents a major opportunity for the apple sector. The Congress organized by Interpoma in China is very important, as its content makes it of great assistance to producers who can learn about the numerous technologies coming from the rest of the world”.
China is the world’s largest apple producer, with 41,390,000 tonnes of apples grown in 2017 on an area of 2.22 million hectares – but this is not all. Cheng Cungang of the Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences National Apple Breeding Center, states: “According to the National Bureau of Statistics, between 2006 and 2017 the apparent consumption of apples in China increased from 25.12 million tonnes to 43.5 million tonnes, an increase of 70% in 11 years. With annual per capita consumption of 31.4 kg, total consumption in China represents over half the world market, with China now also the world’s leading consumer of apples”. His speech during the first day of the Congress aroused huge interest, giving a snapshot of the state of the apple sector in China while investigating the aspects to be improved in order to achieve specific development goals. “It is essential to promote a genuine transformation of the Chinese apple sector by means of a transition from traditional production methods to modern farming techniques. The aim is to make apple growing a rich and promising sector in which it is pleasant to live and work”, continues Cheng Cungang. “That means we need to reduce the use of resources such as water, soil, fertilizers, pesticides and labor; increase the use of technology and mechanization; respect the environment in a context of eco-sustainability; and increase productivity and therefore profitability. To accomplish this it is essential to raise awareness among businesses of the need to invest and believe in this future development”, he concluded.
Roger Harker, Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, made a presentation on the color, size, taste, texture and price characteristics that are most appreciated by apple consumers. He says: “Food quality is paramount. Fruit growers can control quality through the selection of cultivars, orchard management and fruit ripening at the time of harvest. The value of apples for the consumer is defined by the relationship between quality and price”.
The congress program also included speeches by Kurt Werth, with an overview of apple production in Russia and Asia and a report on how the introduction of chemical thinning can reduce manual work. Matteo Bartolini of the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA) addressed the issue of organic farming, presenting data and development trends in European Union countries, with Claudio Sedivy of Wildbiene and Partner, Switzerland, focusing attention on the importance of bees and the pollination process for apples. The new requirements for the protection of apple trees in China were at the center of the presentation by Zhou Zongshan of the Plant Protection Center, Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; while Cherry Li, agronomist in the Chinese company Netafim, presented the applications of fertigation technology in apple orchards.
The theme of varietal innovation was the focus of the final day, with presentations by Walter Guerra of the Laimburg Research Center in South Tyrol, Italy and by Cong Peihua, Director of the Apple Breeding Department of the National Apple Industry Technology System, China. Alberto Dorigoni from the Edmund Mach Foundation in Italy and consultant Stefan Nicolodi respectively spoke about modern farming systems for apple trees and the latest techniques in the nursery sector.
The next encounter with the world of apples will be in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, with the twelfth edition of Interpoma, scheduled to run from 19 to 21 November 2020.
A month before the third edition of Interpoma China, to be held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, the program for the International Congress “China and the Apple in the World” has now been finalized with contributions from Italy, Switzerland, China and New Zealand
The third edition of Interpoma China, to be held in Shanghai on 15th-17th April 2019, is fast approaching and the program has now been finalized for the traditional International Congress “The Apple in the World”, a successful format that Fiera Bolzano has decided to export to China. Coordinated by expert Kurt Werth, the 2019 edition of “China and the Apple in the World” will provide an overview of production, distribution and marketing in the apple sector, giving both the international perspective – with contributors from Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand – and the Chinese view with university professors and researchers from China.
From 9.30 am to 12.45 on the first day, Monday, 15th April, Kurt Werth – a consultant and expert in apple breeding from South Tyrol, Italy – will give an overview of apple production in Russia and Asia; Cheng Cungang – Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Apple Breeding Center – will then focus on the development of the apple sector in China; Roger Harker – Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand – will talk about the color, size, taste and price of apples; finally, Matteo Bartolini – CIA (Confederation of Italian Farmers) – will address the subject of organic farming, particularly the innovations in the European Union.
On Tuesday 16th April the session will be opened by Claudio Sedivy of Wildbiene and Partner, Switzerland, with a speech on the importance of bees and the pollination process for apples; he will be followed by Kurt Werth, who will explain how the introduction of chemical thinning can reduce manual work; new requirements and development trends in the protection of apple trees in China will be the focus of the presentation by Zhou Zongshan of the Plant Protection Center, Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The second day will conclude with Cherry Li, agronomist at the Chinese company Netafim, who will talk about the applications of fertigation technology in apple orchards.
The final day, Wednesday, 17th April, will open with the theme of varietal innovation, presided by Walter Guerra of the Laimburg Research Centre in South Tyrol, Italy; Cong Peihua, Director of the Apple Breeding Department of the Chinese National Apple Industry Technology System, will present the progress made in breeding in China, while Alberto Dorigoni of the Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy will speak about modern farming apple cultivation systems. The Congress will close with consultant Stefan Nicolodi, who will speak on the topic of nurseries.
Interpoma China 2019 will thus run from 15th to 17th April: it has this year changed location and will be held in Shanghai with Fresh Logistics Asia, Asia’s first event focused on the logistics of fresh and super-fresh produce, organized by Messe München Shanghai. The official partner of Interpoma China is WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, which has since 2001 represented the major producing countries for apples and pears throughout the world.
After the first two editions held in the Weihai Exhibition Centre, Fiera Bolzano brings the apple world back to China, with a change of location and dates: Interpoma China 2019 will be held in April at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.
Bolzano, 28 January 2019 - The Chinese market is getting more and more attractive for the apple sector: China is the first producer in the world, with 44 million tons, and has an ever-increasing need to innovate the methods of cultivation and move towards a more sustainable development of the supply chain.
For this reason, Fiera Bolzano is once again organizing Interpoma China this year, an event full of opportunities for all those working in the sector and who want to approach the Chinese apple market in a professional way. The 2019 edition will be held from 15 to 17 April 2019 in Shanghai, the beating heart of the Chinese economy, as part of Fresh Logistics Asia organized by Messe München Shanghai.
These days the exhibitors' campaign is in full swing, with confirmations from Italian, European and Chinese companies emerging: "We believe that Interpoma China represents a flagship in the sector. We have chosen to collaborate with Messe München Shanghai to be able to reach an even more professional and international audience," says Thomas Mur, CEO of Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center.
The Chinese trade show, like Interpoma in Bolzano, will be accompanied on all three days by the international congress "The Apple in the World", coordinated by the renowned apple expert Kurt Werth. Speakers from Italy, Europe, New Zealand and China will speak at the three sessions on topics related to production in Asia, new varieties and characteristics of the fruit, innovations in the field of sustainability in agriculture and topics concerning cultivation techniques, as well as case histories of success in China.