Wapa has revealed that the leading event for the apple and pear sector will take place in Trentino, Italy, on 2-4 August this year

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The World Apple and Pear Association (Wapa) has said that following last year’s successful return as an in-person event, Prognosfruit 2023 will take place in Trentino, Italy, from the 2-4 August.

Registrations are now open for the event, which gathers apple and pear growers from Europe and beyond, and is organised by Wapa in cooperation with Associazione Produttori Ortofrutticoli Trentini (Apot).

“We are honoured to host in Trentino the most important international conference dedicated to apples and pears,” said Apot’s Alessandro Dalpiaz.

”Prognosfruit is certainly an important opportunity to present to the participants the ability of an organised system to deal with environmental issues, geopolitical crises, and market uncertainties,” Dalpiaz continued. ”Prognosfruit also represents an occasion to bring the attention of the participants to those understated yet relevant values of mountain areas, with their arts, traditions, stories, and landscapes that attract and make millions of visitors think every year.”

Since 1976, Prognosfruit has released the annual forecast of apple and pear production for the upcoming season.

This year, the three-day event will see representatives of the sector gather to discuss the Northern Hemisphere situation as well as global perspectives for apples and pears.

Following the Prognosfruit Conference on 3 August, the delegates will have the opportunity to participate in technical and cultural visits to Melinda’s Underground Warehouses, San Romedio Sanctuary, and Valer Castle.

“Last year’s edition reminded us all how important Prognosfruit and its three-day programme are for the apple and pear sector,” said Wapa secretary general Philippe Binard.

”Prognosfruit provides the opportunity for the delegates to meet up and discuss the latest developments and the future of the market, which is especially important in challenging times like the ones the sector is currently dealing with”.

The draft programme of Prognosfruit 2023 and the online registration form to attend the conference are both available on the Prognosfruit website.