National Ploughing Championships agrifood expo

The 88th National Ploughing Championships took place in Screggan in the Irish midlands for the third consecutive year, from 18-20 September 2018.

This was the second year the Netherlands embassy in Ireland hosted a pavillion in the Innovation Arena  in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, with even more Dutch interest than the previous year.

The National Ploughing Championships - is Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural trade exhibition, incorporating a platform to showcase agricultural products and services as well as vast networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

The NPA attracts in excess of 1,700 exhibitors and up to 300,000 visitors. Many thousands of which visit the Innovation Arena - a unique platform where startups/companies can showcase pioneering developments in the agricultural sector and related subsectors such as agri-tech and agri-engineering. 

The Netherlands embassy participated in this year’s Innovation Arena with a Dutch Agri-Food Innovation Booth. Pioneering the future were the following four Dutch startups present:

Connecterra - Artifical Intelligence to grow food sustainably in order to feed future generations.

UmaMeats - hybrid meat products, containing seaweed to bridge the gap between meat eaters and plant lovers.

Vitalgia - 3D plant structure reconstruction technology to realise a vision of data centric robotics to improve vertical farming.

Serket - a software company that helps farmers monitor and trace their livestock. Serket was the overall winner of the International Innovation Award, which was presented to them by Pat Breen, the Minister for Trade.

There is a vast interest in Ireland for Smart Precision Dairy Farming. Evert den Akker from the renowned Dutch knowledge and innovation institute TNO explained how Smart Dairy Farming supports dairy farmers in the care of individual animals with the specific goal of a longer productive stay at the farm due to the improvement of individual health.

Overall it was a hugely successful event with which the Dutch-Irish trade relations and partnerships on agriculture, sustainability and innovation were strengthened.

The Netherlands embassy in Dublin is passionate about continuing the momentum and exposure from this years event and looks towards building on it for next year. Whether you are a startup or an established company, involved in trade or innovation: our international network is here to assist you. For more information, contact us directly at