Italy’s National Nursery Stock Association announces XV National Day of the Mediterranean Nursery Stock Industry

Many generations of farmers in the Capitanio family have worked the land where the plant nursery now resides.

In association with the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), Italy’s home for agricultural knowledge CNPAPAL, Bari’s Order for Agronomists and Foresters (ODAF), Italy’s National Association of Nursery Stock Exporters (ANVE) will host the XV National Day of the Mediterranean Nursery Stock Industry. The venue of choice will be the Mediterranean plant nursery Vivai Capitanio in Monopoli, which has announced an impressive line-up for the one-day conference on Saturday, 27 May 2023.

ANVE President Luigi Pagliani, a Cupressus and Quercus grower from Perugia, will kick off the conference with a welcome speech highlighting Italy’s economic outlook for ornamental horticulture.

Owner of Vivai Capitanio and AIPH President Leonardo Capitanio will discuss the industry’s most significant challenges and opportunities. At the same time, ODAF President Oronzo Milillo and CNAPAL President Mario Braga will explain the prominent role their institutions fulfil in the sector.

Senator Vita Maria Nocco will explain details about upcoming legislation and the Italian government’s sustainability policies and how they impact the industry.

Brunella Saccone will be at hand to tell something about the excellent work ITA delivers by bringing pre-screened buyers to Italy’s leading horticultural trade exhibitions MyPlant&Garden and Flormart.

AIPH’s Secretary General Tim Briercliffe will talk about his organisation’s role in global ornamental horticulture as ‘the world’s champion for the power of plants’. AIPH aims to put flowers, plants, and landscaping services on a worldwide agenda to stimulate increased demand for ornamentals and to protect and promote the industry’s interests. To achieve this goal, AIPH approves international horticultural exhibitions, which have been proven to generate over 500 million euros of direct economic benefit to host cities.

Valeria Randazzo, brand manager of MyPlant&Garden, will look back on another successful show held in Milan last February and give insight into the show’s future.

Gloria Oppici, brand manager of Flormart, is counting down to the next Flormart show, which will be held between 20-22 September in Padua and will inform attendees about what’s new for this year.

The conference will conclude by announcing the annual Stefano Capitanio Graduating Awards winners.

Each year, ANVE invests money into graduate students and the research they are pursuing. The Stefano Capitanio Graduating Awards, in remembrance of ANVE’s late co-founder Stefano Capitanio, are intended to recognise and reward top-achieving horticultural students and encourage them to continue their studies.

For more information and registration, visit the event’s website 

(in Italian only)

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