Drones in all shapes and sizes, showcasing the latest in precision farming and agricultural digitalisation, were on display over the past two days in Budapest at the 2022 PREGA Conference and Exhibition. It is Hungary's largest professional forum on precision farming and agricultural digitalisation. The conference was presented for the seventh time on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May 2022 at the Aquaworld Resort in Budapest.
Over 1,000 participants attended the two-day event. They viewed 120 presentations in 18 different themed sections. On display at the exhibition was some of the latest developments and solutions related to the digital switchover of agriculture at 43 exhibition stands.
According to the Bence Bolyki, CEO of Agroinform.hu, organisers of the annual event, it is usually held in February each year, but due to Covid delays it was instead held in May. Although it is a busier period for Hungarian producers, the need was still there to hold the conference to share the information from the relevant agricultural departments of government, academia and international experts. He was happy with the turnout and interest by participants, presenters as well as the exhibitors over the two days.
Agroinform.hu Bence Bolyki, CEO, and colleague Anna Dvorszky
The show had eager visitors gawking at the technology on display. Besides the drones it included virtual reality farming glasses, smart weather stations and several autonomous robots.
Hajnalka Huber, from the agricultural insurance company Greco
Exhibitors in attendance said they were happy to showcase their technology, meet people face to face and to make new contacts. Others attended the conference for the first time to gauge the interest and present their companies to prospective clients.
Zsolt Eigner from HRP Europe
A few universities not only had stands to showcase their work and digital agriculture institutes but they used the opportunity to engage directly with producers and service providers. Professors had PhD students who presented ongoing and relevant research work to the audience.
Bolyki said they hope to return to the normal February time period to host the 2023 version of the conference.