IHGC Executive Committee Meeting
March 10, 2002 (Hobart, Australia)
Information about the hop tour
The IHGC Executive Committee meeting took place on March 10, 2002 in Hobart,
within the IHGC hop industry tour in New Zealand and Australia. The responsible travel agency for the trip organization was:
MARCO POLO INT., NOVODVORSKA 33, 142 00 PRAGUE 4, CZECH REPUBLIC
THE ACOUNT 478504953/0300 CSOB, MARCO POLO INT.
Ms. Alice Hetesova
This travel agency organised the whole tour including a return flights from Prague and
Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of the IHGC
The IHCC had 20 active member countries. The representatives from the 7 of them as well as some guests attended this meeting.
The IHGC Vice President Mr. Frantisek Chvalovský opened the meeting in the Hobart Rydges Hotel, with greetings to all who attended it. Especially he mentioned the importance of the IHGC hop tour 2002 which let the group of 25 growers and their representatives from 7 member countries a close contact to the hop industry situation in New Zealand and Australia. Not only by obtaining a lot of interesting information about the organisation structure of growers, their production technology and market activities, but also hop yards and hop industry facilities on some farms as well as a hop research centre in Riwaka (NZ) were included within the program. That is why special thanks were addressed to the hop fellows of the NEW ZEALAND HOP MARKETING BOARD in Richmond as well as to those of the AUSTRALIAN HOP PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION in Hobart who assisted during preparations of the IHGC hop tour program and during the visit. After that he proposed the secretary general to get in a chair of the meeting.
The secretary general proposed to adopt the submitted agenda, which was adopted unanimously. Thereafter he did check the attendance of the IHGC representatives. Since 7 from 20 of the IHGC representatives were present (thus more than one third - according to the modified Standing Orders of Canterbury 2001), the quorum was constituted. From among members present, the following IHGC representatives were nominated:
Australia: Stewart Ferguson, Belgium: Joris Cambie, Bulgaria: absent, China (Gansu): Luo Xinchao, China (Xinjiang): absent, Czech rep.: Zdenek Rosa, France: absent, FRG-BRD: Josef Wittmann, New Zealand: absent, Poland: absent, Portugal: absent, Russia: absent, Slovakia: Marián Borovský, Slovenia: Martin Pavlovic, Spain: absent, South Africa: absent, U. K.: absent, Ukraine: absent, USA: absent, Yugoslavia: absent.
The minutes of the Freising Executive Committee meeting from November 26, 2001 had been sent to all the representatives of the IHGC member countries. Since no comments or supplementary claims were submitted, they were adopted unanimously.
The delegates were asked within the invitation letter to prepare comments on the hop growing situation based on the figures of Economic commission table presented during the last meeting in Freising. The individual country reports were brief and connected mostly to the situation in 2001. Instead a discussion concerning the current market conditions followed. Current market conditions were not encouraging and it was stressed again that the trend of worldwide increase of alpha hop acreage as well as a decrease of aroma hop acreage did continue. Alpha acid production among IHGC member countries increased in 2001 mostly because of a share of high alpha varieties cultivated. In a discussion it was obvious that a reduction of hop areas would be necessary and that this could be done either (1) with the intention by individual growers worldwide, so that only hops sold by contracts should be produced or (2) the market situation with oversupply and thus with a low price level would make itself a balance between the supply and demand of hops. In a case of a very good crop 2002, an overproduction on the world market can be expected.
The chairman of the IHGC Technical Commission Mr. Jaroslav Urban made a brief summary of the TC articles which were presented during the Congress in Canterbury, UK.
During the last Executive Committee meeting, the initiative of hop merchants organisation (IHIC) for a closer cooperation with the IHGC had been presented. It had been also decided that a working group started to search for formal solutions of this cooperation. The secretary general informed the delegates about the exchange of letters between the presidents of both organizations. From the content of letters it was already welcomed that not only hop merchants, dealers and processors but also other entities with an interest in the hop industry could be invited to join the IHGC. In June 2002 there will be a workshop organized by the secretary general, where some concrete steps and details are supposed to be worked out and proposed for a discussion on the next Executive Committee meeting. The delegates agreed with these steps.
Concerning the IHGC data exchange the delegates shared an opinion that an Internet exchange of the market information on national levels might make the information management more efficient.
(1) The NZ/AUS paper material obtained from the IHGC tour 2002 would be delivered to delegates, who could not join the tour. (2) It was accepted that the next IHGC meeting took place in France on August 2-3, 2002. (3) The delegate from the PR China (Gansu) invited the IHGC delegates to organize the IHGC meeting in 2004 in his country.
IHGC Secretary General
Dr. Martin Pavlovic