The annual "Green Week" exhibition is running in West Berlin. The event, opened on Friday?
The annual "Green Week" exhibition is running in West Berlin. The event, opened on Friday (26 January) by West German Agricultural Minister Herr Josef Ertl, has attracted more than a thousand exhibitors and produce form 44 countries is displayed.
"Green Week" evolved from the Twenties, when farmers used to meet on the banks of the River Spree. Trade fairs were held there, and the custom developed until today it is an event of world importance. The latest agricultural and horticultural techniques are displayed - as well as the best produce from countries around the world.
Although the exhibition is intended as a specialist event, it also attracts the general public who wander round, fascinated by the mysterious equipment and tempted by the samples of luxurious and often exotic food.
SYNOPSIS: It's "Green Week" in West Berlin, the annual occasion at which farm and garden produce is exhibited from all over the world.
Herr Josef Ertl, the West German Agriculture Minister, opened the exhibition and wandered round to see some of the exhibits. Forty-four nations are represented at the event. The stands provide an instant geography lesson. Each displays the foods produced in the country concerned. A range as wide as the climates and other conditions which have given each nation its individual specialities.
At the Israeli stand, Herr Ertl tried on the sort of hat worn on the communal farms.
The People's Republic of China was represented by a wide range of products.
The British stand was among those which invited visitors to stop awhile to sample their national drink.
The Spanish stand was another - with the added attraction of watching a professional at work.
The "Green Week" exhibition dates back to the Twenties, when farmers started gathering for meetings on the banks of the River Spree, and eventually trade fairs were held there. Today the giant exhibition attracts more than a thousand individual exhibitors, and more than two hundred companies are involved. The features range form demonstrations of latest agricultural developments for farmers, to a special treat for city-dwellers - a cow.