The third edition of the international fair of intensive production and auxiliary industry held in Almeria was opened yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, along with Gabriel Amat, mayor of Roquetas de Mar, municipality that This fair is hosted by Javier Aureliano García, President of the Diputación de Almería and Elías Bendodo, Minister of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía, among other local, provincial, regional and state authorities.
A total of 500 companies met at the Congress Center of Aguadulce to show the news between their products and services, and create a meeting place for the sector. During the opening ceremony, Luis Planas highlighted the event as the example of the province of Almeria in terms of entrepreneurship in agriculture, while emphasizing agriculture Almeria, “whose exports account for 75% of the Spanish exports “, as a reference in its ability to adapt to the new demands of the market. He also described Infoagro Exhibition’s declaration as an international fair as a “very interesting side for conducting transactions with companies and professionals from other countries.” In addition, Planas stressed the support and recognition that the different links of the value chain must have on the part of the Administrations, and for what, he affirmed, the Ministry of Agriculture is working.
During his visit to Infoagro Exhibition, the minister, along with the authorities that accompanied him, were able to visit the stands of several exhibiting companies to check the innovations that he is carrying out to the sector, as well as he knew about projects of digitization of the field and of Precise agriculture in the Smart Infoagro space, from startups, spin-offs and national and international technology-based companies.
The sector received with great expectation the first day of Infoagro Exhibition, far exceeding the number of professional visitors from previous editions and the stands of the exhibiting companies received the visit of thousands of farmers and professionals from the sector who wanted to know, firsthand, its products and services, materializing the great pillar of this fair, as is being the epicenter of the business of the agricultural producer. There are many exhibiting companies that congratulated the Organization of the fair for the large influx of professionals, both national and international, which yesterday received the Palacio de Congresos de Aguadulce during this first day of the exhibition.
Parallel to the activity and business that took place in the stands of the exhibiting companies, and in their zeal for the transfer of knowledge to a sector increasingly interested in new techniques and technologies for cultivation, during the morning of the first day of the fair of the intensive production and of the auxiliary industry, a block of conferences was held in which the challenges of the sector regarding the shortage of water resources were raised, as well as possible solutions and technologies were contributed for the attainment of an efficient use of water to ensure the survival of the sector, while in the afternoon, those attending the conference room were able to find out which R & D & I projects are being carried out by research centers such as the University of Almería in collaboration with companies in the sector.
In addition, in the B2B area, meetings began, of the 300 scheduled for the three days of the fair, between Almeria companies and international companies in order to carry out transactions that boost the intensive production sector and the auxiliary industry. . Also, there were numerous companies that wanted to offer an in-depth presentation of their products and services to their customers in the two presentation rooms that this third edition of Infoagro Exhibition has.
Advance: Today, Thursday, May 23
The activity in Infoagro Exhibition continues today in its second day, in which the 500 exhibitors of the sector will continue attending professional visitors who wish to know their activity and start business. In addition, in the program of activities of the second day of the fair, highlights the block star of conferences of this third edition, which will discuss the current situation of the sector and their future prospects. The high points of this block, which will start at 11:00 am, will be the presentation of the well-known economist José María O’kean, who will offer a socioeconomic assessment of the present and the future of the sector in the coming years; and the one offered by Dr. Diego Orzáez, Researcher of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (IBMCP) of Valencia, who will unravel what it is and the importance that the tool of biotechnology known as CRISPR-CAS will receive in the future of the obtaining new varieties of fruits and vegetables.
During the second day of conferences will also discuss the nutritional value of organic food, by the hand of Dr. María Dolores Raigón, School of Agricultural Engineering and Natural Environment, University of Valencia; while Dª María Quintín Clemente, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment of Carrefour Spain will offer the vision of the big surfaces before the new trends of the European consumer.