Aveyron absent from SIA 2023: “we leave room for McDo and Lidl to our detriment” deplores the Chamber of Agriculture

From February 25 to March 5, 2023, the International Agricultural Show is held in Paris. A 2023 edition without any Aveyron stand. Jacques Moliéres, president of the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture, explains the reasons for this situation.

the International Agricultural Show (SIA) is the opportunity, each year, for Aveyron to highlight the qualities of its breeding. The Lacaune ewe whose milk allows the production of Roquefort. the Aubrac beef and its “marbled” meat or the calf from Aveyron. But for several years, the company that manages the agricultural show has been waging a showdown with the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture over the presence of the departmental stand in Hall 1, dedicated to cattle, sheep and pigs. . For the 2023 edition, a decision has been made.

France 3 Occitanie: Will there be an Aveyron stand at the 2023 Agricultural Show?

Jacques Moliéres, president of the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture: “We had managed to maintain for 4, 5 years our derogation to stay in Hall 1 (that of cattle, sheep, pigs) highlighting Aveyron breeding. This year, the knife has been put to our throats. We were asked not to have any more animals on the stand, to be very “summary” in our presentation. For us, it is out of the question, after consultation with the county council, to go to Hall 3, that of the regions, for the moment. There will therefore be no Aveyron stand at the 2023 International Agricultural Show (SIA). This is our response to the director of Comexposiumthe company that manages the Paris agricultural show, which has been uncompromising.

France 3 Occitanie: How do you explain this change in attitude for this year?

Jacques Moliéres, president of the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture: “It has always been very complicated. We always arrived, through policies with professional managers, to obtain exemptions. This made it possible to highlight Aveyron excellence with products such as Roquefort, Aveyron veal. Hall 1 is well placed. Hall 3 is “neutral” for us. This year, the management of the show seems to see the situation in a very regulatory way. I find it unfortunate that we leave room for Mc Do or at Lidl to the detriment of stands like those in Aveyron which highlight Aveyron breeds and hardy livestock breeds.

France 3 Occitanie: So there will be no Aveyron representation at the agricultural show in 2023?

Jacques Moliéres, president of the Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture: “He there will be no official Aveyron stand. The breeders nevertheless participate in the competitions. Producers will also be present. But there may be a possibility of organizing an event around Aveyron, at the agricultural show. It’s not stopped yet. Possibly a day or an evening with the breeders. We haven’t decided yet

(With Corentin Bélard and Luc Tazelmati)

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Aveyron absent from SIA 2023: “we leave room for McDo and Lidl to our detriment” deplores the Chamber of Agriculture


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