The Infoagro Exhibition is a fair devoted to intensive production and the auxiliary industry. It will be held for the third time from May 22 to 24, and for the first time since its creation, it has been declared an international fair by the Secretary of State for Trade and Tourism, as it will count with the presence of companies from China, Greece and Israel.
In recent years, China, the most populous country in the world, has been betting on intensive agricultural production in order to boost the efficiency of its agriculture and become capable of meeting the demand from its growing population, and Chinese entrepreneurs have been looking at Almeria as an example to achieve that goal.
Thus, the Palacio de Congresos of Aguadulce will host 10 Chinese companies of subsectors such as greenhouse construction, agricultural plastics, greenhouse air conditioning and automation, and agricultural machinery; a powerful group of companies that will be sharing space in the China Pavilion.
Greece is another country that is making a strong commitment to protected crops as a way to enhance its agricultural productivity, at a time when the agricultural sector has provided the opportunity to heal the Greek economy after the severe crisis suffered by the Hellenic country.
Given the country's Mediterranean climate, similar to the Spanish one, agricultural entrepreneurs and the Greek auxiliary industry see Almeria as a clear example to follow when it comes to economic prosperity driven by intensive agriculture.
This has motivated a powerful Greek plastics company, Plastika Kritis, to showcase its products to the Spanish market, aiming to expand in Almeria, which has the largest greenhouse acreage in the world, with its more than 30,000 hectares.
For its part, Israel has traditionally been known for manufacturing and distributing the most advanced technology for intensive cultivation in the world. It is a result of having thrived in a desert land, with a climate that oscillates between the Mediterranean and the desert.
Israeli companies such as Politiv, with its agricultural plastics; Wyse Irrisystem, with the most advanced solutions for efficient irrigation, and Sempro Labs, with its sensor systems and crop digitalization, will be present to offer Almeria-based producers the most cutting-edge agricultural technology in the world.
The Infoagro Exhibition has also become the focus of attention of large international vegetable protection and nutrition companies, such as Ascenza (formerly Sapec Agro Business), Corteva Agriscience, agricultural division of DowDuPont; Prayon and Belchim, who have considered their presence at this fair to be vital.