it left for nine days during which more than 1% of the French population will clump in 200 hectares at their disposal, Porte de Versailles, Paris. Salon 2014 agriculture indeed opens its doors this morning and will close on March 2 evening. For its 51st edition
this great agricultural show that goes beyond the Hexagon will accommodate over 4,000 farm animals, including hundreds of cows. This year is a Tarentaise, Bella, who is honored. An impressive logistics were deployed to feed all these people: 100 tons of hay, 230 tons of straw and 280 tons of manure. Not to mention their breeders it will stay close to their animals in the "reserves", kitchens and dormitories constructed for the occasion. This particular
logistics makes this show, yet less profitable per linear meter, one of the most popular in France after that of the automobile. "The Agricultural Fair, is the unity of time and place where found farmers, industrial, retail, citizens and policy," says the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll1 . Except François Mitterrand2 all presidents in office came to inaugurate the event, whose influence extends far beyond the circle of insiders. François Hollande3 account well, at seven o'clock in the morning, meet the republican tradition Jacques Chirac4, also elected Corrèze, still remains the star of salon5 to applause.
"Without meeting these visitors the many and varied profiles, we could never achieve an attendance of nearly 700,000 visitors over ten days, as the last year, "says Jean-Luc Poulain, president of the SIA (International Exhibition of Agriculture). What balance the accounts of this event which approximates a budget of 20 million euros. At the international level, the lounge this year more than twenty countries, including China who would like to import the concept "Made in France".
For their part, the food manufacturers, like those of supermarkets, also want to be visible. History to be better seen not only from farmers who often accuse them bring prices down but also very sensitive to food security consumers, especially after repeated crises such as horsemeat year last. Support citizen
This lounge opens in a national context where the relationship between government and farmers are strained. Hollande could pay the price, being booed by disgruntled farmers (our editions of February 21). The divisive issues abound. The FNSEA6, main French farmers' union, has recalled in the Estates General of Agriculture she organized this Friday (see box). Among them: the simplification of administrative procedures. François Hollande was quick to reply, just to calm the Porte de Versailles. "The Minister of Agriculture has decided, with his colleague, the environment, introduce a simpler system to speed up decisions to modernize some farms. He started with the most difficult: the pig (…). This represents a gain of four to six months, "he opportunely announced Friday in an interview with the weekly Crop France. Citizen, he has chosen his camp. According to the latest Tilder-LCI-Opinion Way poll, 77% of French people have a good opinion of farmers.