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CLIMMAR Newsletter 4-2020
  Survey: 80% of European dealers experience impact from COVID-19  
  Results of a quick scan survey by CLIMMAR on the COVID-19 situation amongst European dealers, show that 80% of the participants is affected. Especially sales of new machinery are affected.  
  Find out all conclusions from our survey  
  Education: Virtual reality bridges gap between theory and praxis  
  Plans for the Erasmus+ project Tim Europe are getting shaped more and more. There is a lot going on behind the scenes even though a decision on the approval of the project is not expected until July.  
  Everything can be made virtual  
  Lobby: The EU Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing and the European strategy for data  
  According to 11 signatories of the Code, digital transformation of EU agriculture is an opportunity for the EU agri-food chain, as long as the digital transition works for everyone, puts people first and opens up new opportunities for business. 
  Read why CLIMMAR is involved  
  Partner news: NRMM and tractor Stage V regulation deadlines extended  
  CLIMMAR welcomes the 12-months extension of certain transitional EU regulation on Stage V emissions from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM).   
  Read all about the statement from CECE and CEMA  
  ‘Don’t miss the train’

‘Corona virus’, there is no newspaper or talkshow without the topic. It looks like we are on the right path here in the EU, but we have to stay alert. 

We as CLIMMAR have investigated the COVID-19 impact on our European dealers with a short survey in May. The outcome is very clear: the impact of COVID-19 on our business is huge, especially in the agricultural sector concerning sales of new machinery and equipment. I consider myself as a positive man and am convinced that the sector will recover, but I’m realistic as well and I don’t think this will happen overnight. It will require time and for some it’ll be a tough struggle, but in the end we are creative and with good common (business) sense we are able to overcome. 

In the middle of all this, we see other important issues that are still on a continuous and positive path of development. The efforts taken by our sector to ensure high qualified and up-to-date education for our mechanics is a very positive example. And also the further spreading of the Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by contractual agreement is an important activity, since we must be aware that data has the biggest impact on our day to day business for the coming decades. All new developments rely on data. If it is the milking equipment or the new crop sensing camera, it cannot work without data. 

So, in order to allow farmers to participate freely in the collection of data, it is necessary that they remain in charge of those figures at all times. We must be aware as dealers that we find agreements with our customers to use the data to help the farmers/contractors to use and service their machines better. Cultivate their soils better, protect their crops better and harvest in exactly the right time. Our customers are changing and we have to change along. We have to help them improve their results. Don’t let data block your cooperation with your customers. 

Smart farming will get smarter and we have to be aware of this. In tough times changes go faster…, don’t miss the train.  

Stay safe and be smart. 

Erik Hogervorst
President of CLIMMAR
General Assembly meeting instead of CLIMMAR Congress
The original CLIMMAR Congress scheduled for October this year in Budapest, Hungary, is rescheduled for October 2021. Instead of a full-scale Congress, CLIMMAR is planning to organise a General Assembly meeting on the 8th and 9th of October 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.   
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