This week 19 companies reached a joint decision in regard to their participation at the coming IPM in January 2021, and co-signed the following statement: “In light of the recent developments concerning COVID-19, the ongoing risk for our customers and employees and the responsibility that we see as our duty to help stop the spread of the virus, we have decided not to take part in IPM 2021.”
The breeders and production or distribution companies that signed this statement are:
- ABZ Seeds BV
- P. van der Haak Handelskwekerij
- Beekenkamp Plants B.V.
- PanAmerican Seed
- Renner Print
- DeCock Plants
- Sakata Ornamentals
- Dümmen Orange The Netherlands B.V.
- Schneider Youngplants
- Evanthia Seeds & Plants
- Schoneveld Breeding
- Sentier Az. Agr. s.s.
- Syngenta Flowers
- MNP flowers / Suntory Flowers
Risk for customers and staff
Based on the current knowledge about COVID-19 and the constantly changing strict international regulations and restrictions, all companies agree that they do not want to expose their customers and
staff to the increased risks which participation would automatically bring.
Until now the floriculture sector has come through this pandemic relatively unscathed. This has also been achieved through various collaborations within the sector. Their additional conclusion, therefore,
was that the sector should be contributing to the elimination of the virus, rather than participating in an international trade show increasing the risk of further contamination.
As the companies listed have been regular participants at IPM for many years, it was a difficult but nonetheless highly necessary decision to take. Hoping for better times, they look forward to the
prospect of participating again in 2022.