The 13th edition of Interpera, the international pear congress, featured a packed 3-day programme in Rotterdam and around the Netherlands. The event highlighted the numerous challenges facing the sector and discussed potential solutions going forward.
After a day of technical visits to growers and the research station Randwijk, the Interpera conference day presented the market situation and a forecast of the summer pear harvest in six European countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands).
Speakers showed how producers are reorganising in the face of the market challenges using data and precision farming, as well as solutions to fight the stink bug.
Richard Schouten, director of DPA, one of the co-hosts, spoke of his pride at holding the event for the first time in the Netherlands, welcoming participants from 14 nations worldwide:
“Such a mix of people proves that there is a future in pear-growing, we are reaching an always-increasing number of stakeholders.”