One of the world's leading agricultural machinery exhibitions has cancelled its 2022 event.
Agritechnica is held in Hanover, Germany, and attracts droves of manufacturers and farmers.
The bi-annual event generally takes place in November but the 2021 fixture had been rescheduled for February 27 to March 5 next year.
The event is organised by the DLG (German agricultural society) and chief executive officer Dr Reinhard Grandke said a trouble-free execution was no longer possible due to the deteriorating pandemic situation and resulting regulations.
"Together with the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association and the trade fair's exhibitor advisory board, and following many discussions with both exhibitors and visitors, we have decided to cancel next year's Agritechnica," Dr Grandke said.
"We have made this decision respecting our responsibilities towards the health and safety of all. We deeply regret the cancellation."
Earlier this year, global machinery manufacturers John Deere and JCB announced they would not be attending the event.
VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association managing director Dr Bernd Scherer said being able to present innovations to a broad audience live on an international stage remains the gold standard.
"We all deeply regret that Agritechnica 2022 cannot take place after all - on the one hand, because the entire industry was already looking forward to its 'leading trade fair' with great anticipation, and on the other hand, because farmers currently stand to benefit from the numerous agricultural machinery innovation impulses in a way rarely seen before," Dr Scherer said.
"After all, innovative machines, equipment and software tools make a significant contribution to sustainable and future-proof agricultural machinery production processes."
The next Agritechnica is scheduled for November 12 to 18, 2023.
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