The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and the DLG (German Agricultural Society) are planning to enter a strategic partnership to jointly promote the field of indoor and vertical farming, both in Germany and worldwide. They also plan to jointly develop events as part of existing and new projects.
Christine Zimmermann-Lössl, chairwoman of the AVF, said, “AVF’s goal is to promote sustainable growth and development within the international vertical farming industry and community. The AVF promotes this through research projects, co-operations, events, and the establishment of a network of companies, experts, and research institutions that is actively involved in the vertical farming industry.
“With the DLG as an internationally active professional organization and organizer of trade fairs and conferences, we are gaining a partner that reinforces the contents and strategies of vertical farming in international agricultural networks and promotes new platforms and channels of professional communication with agricultural practitioners.”
Tobias Eichberg, managing director of DLG’s Exhibitions Department, stated, “The production of plant-based foods in urban areas represents a global growth market. In Asia in particular, where urbanization is progressing faster and more intensively than in Europe, such farms are already economically viable."
“In Europe, especially in Germany, vertical farming practices are still in their infancy. However, Germany is at the forefront of research and is accompanying the trend toward indoor production of speciality crops away from agricultural land. After all, the latter is limited and continues to decline through alternative use. The DLG, together with its professional partner the Association for Vertical Farming, needs to focus on the future," says Tobias Eichberg, Managing Director of DLG Exhibitions, in describing the market prospects.