This year’s first club debate organized by Executive Club was held at Hotel Bristol on March 20. The main topics of “Agribusiness 4.0” included: applications of new technologies in the agricultural industry, investments in environmentally friendly technologies, and innovation financing. The meeting took place under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The debate was opened by its moderator, Professor Sławomir Podlaski, Head of the Department of Plant Physiology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In his speech the professor presented the characteristic features of the fourth agricultural revolution, including the development of biological and digital technologies. As a result modern agriculture is involved not only in production, but also in the protection of air and the environment. He stated that the motto of modern agriculture should be “to produce more for less”. It is, therefore, extremely important to develop effective techniques and technologies based on more cost-effective production.
After the introduction, the moderator invited the following panelists to the discussion: Mirosław Olech, Vice President of Engineering, Alventa; Jacek Kostrzewa – President of the Board Management, Skotan SA; Piotr Maciak – President of the Board Management, Nordkalk; Cezary Pisowodzki – Financial Director of Syngenta Central Europe, Member of the Management Board of Syngenta Polska. The panelists began with an overview of the global food situation. They emphasized that with the current agricultural production, about 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger or malnutrition, and unfortunately this number is constantly growing. It is estimated that by 2050 the world’s population will increase by 2.5 billion people, which will require the global food production to double. We also learned that agriculture consumes 70% of the world’s drinking water, 30% of the energy produced, and is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Next, the speakers outlined the very issue of technological revolution in agriculture and how it is manifesting itself. Even now we are moving away from large agricultural machines and towards smaller sets of devices that do many things at the same time. There already exist dairy farms with over 350 cows which are serviced by just 2 people. Everything is computerized and mechanized: from feeding and cleaning to milking the animals.
When it comes to the European and Polish agriculture, according to the panelists, in the near future Europe will no longer export food, but modern agro- and zootechnical technologies. On the other hand, Poland was praised for its 10-fold increase in the value of exports over the last 15 years. Finally, the panelists pointed out that export is an opportunity for the Polish agriculture, but price competition is nearing its end, and we are starting to move towards the production of premium quality goods.
Organizer: Executive Club
Honorary Patronage: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Partners: Alior Bank, Alventa, Nord Partner, Nordkalk, Skotan, Syngenta
Main Media Patron: “Życie Rolnika” magazine