The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the IPM Essen exhibition (24-27th January) and in particular to the International Horticultural Forum on Thursday 26th January.
With the show’s focus on Great Britain this year, Government representatives from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be giving talks on critical subjects for growers and suppliers.
Last year the UK Government announced a full review of import and export processes and its commitment to designing an enhanced border control regime. Victoria Clarke, Delivery Policy Lead for Plant Health Imports at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in her Forum session will provide an overview of this new approach to border controls, highlighting how the future of Plant Health checks will look when importing or exporting goods into or out of GB.
Dr Elizabeth Warham, Lead for AgriTech at the DIT, will be showcasing a new Department for International Trade portal, a website which connects growers with suppliers worldwide. Launched in 2022, it is already an essential working tool for British Consulates and DIT offices the world over, assisting companies in-country to work with Great Britain or facilitating exports from the UK.
Other prestigious speakers include renowned plant breeders Raymond Evison and Lindsay Reid from Guernsey Clematis and Patrick Fairweather from Fairweather’s Nurseries.