Potato Europe 2021 is cancelled. The potato event was to be held on 1 and 2 September at the location of Wageningen University & Research Open Cultivation in Lelystad.
The organizer DLG has decided to do so due to the uncertainties regarding the measures surrounding corona . The two-day event with an indoor and outdoor exhibition was expected to attract more than 16,000 visitors, 5,000 of whom were from abroad. At previous editions of Potato Europe in the Netherlands, foreign visitors came from more than fifty countries.
The event takes place once every four years in the Netherlands. The decision to cancel it was taken after in-depth discussions between the organizer DLG Benelux and exhibitors. “We deeply regret that PotatoEurope 2021 cannot take place as planned, despite thorough professional preparation and commitment from the market,” says Kuno Jacobs, managing director of DLG Benelux.
Uncertainty around corona
“Unfortunately, given the continuing uncertainty in the Netherlands about the overall situation surrounding corona and the resulting lack of official approval and restrictions imposed, the required conditions for holding PotatoEurope 2021 have not been met. As a result, in close consultation with the exhibitors, decided to cancel the event,” the DLG press release states.
‘In June all signals were green and the situation in the Netherlands seemed to be developing well. This resulted in the majority of the restrictions being lifted. Unfortunately, this did not lead to the desired effect’, adds Jacobs.
Potato Europe was to take place at the location of Wageningen University & Research Open Cultivation in Lelystad. Potato Europe in the Netherlands is organized by DLG Benelux. The event consists of an outdoor and indoor fair, harvesting demonstrations and demo fields.