FTMTA News 13th February 2015

FTMTA President, Mr. Donal Fitzpatrick, opens the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015

Successful FTMTA Show

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015 drew to a close on Saturday, February 7th, after a very successful three days at the Punchestown site. A record attendance of 18,750 people visited the Show with a huge crowd of some 7,500 on the Saturday.

Despite very cold weather during the preparation weeks, conditions on the Show days, while still cold, were pleasant and allowed visitors to take spend more time viewing the much increased outdoor display areas as well as visiting the many stands in the three exhibition pavilions.

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015

Exhibitors reported good interest across all lines of machinery with a feeling that the pessimistic outlook around agricultural commodity pricing in late 2014 has eased somewhat and that farmers and contractors will continue to make the required investment in the mechanisation operations of their businesses.

The Enterprise Ireland organised Inward Buyer Visit to the Show of machinery businesses from Canada, Sweden, Germany, France and Holland went very well with the group visiting the Show over two days with a focus on meeting the Irish manufacturers and also getting the opportunity to visit two dairy farms in the locality on Friday morning. The visit was well received by the Irish manufacturers and FTMTA was glad to support the initiative and hopes that such visits can become an ongoing feature of the Show.

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Enterprise Ireland Inward Buyer Group from Canada, Sweden, Germany, France and Holland visiting the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015

The Irish Farmers Journal New Product Awards @ FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015 were presented on the opening day of the Show and highlighted the developments made by agricultural machinery manufacturers in the area of technical innovation, in order to provide solutions to challenges that face farming and farmers in modern agriculture.

      

During his opening speech at the Show, FTMTA President, Mr. Donal Fitzpatrick, highlighted the Association’s ongoing advocacy for a higher awareness of farm safety, particularly in relation to machinery use, and expressed the happiness of the Association to facilitate a display for the first time at the Show by the Health and Safety Authority in relation to farm safety.

Be a part of a stronger farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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