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Andalucía Agri-Tech Mission opens for applications

Agri-TechE Article

The rugged hills of Andalucía are well known for their sunflower fields and olive groves, but this diverse region in the southernmost tip of Spain is also a major exporter of strawberries and tropical fruits and home to more than 50% of Spain’s organic livestock farms.

Agri-TechE has teamed up with Andalucía TRADE and the British Embassy in Madrid to organise a trade mission to Almería that will provide an insider’s introduction to the region.

Fernando Ferrero, International Director of Andalucía TRADE (Agency for Economic Development & Transformation of Andalucía, Spain), says that the mission will provide an opportunity for mutual exploration of the opportunities in both countries.

“Agricultural activity is a major source of employment in the region, and it is supported by a wide range of university undergraduate courses specialising in agri-food. This provides access to a skilled and qualified workforce.

“There is also the benefit of a rapid distribution network to Europe and ease of access to this market for innovations.”

Andalucía Agri-Tech Mission opens for applications
Andalucía Agri-Tech Mission opens for applications

Included in the mission is a tour of TECNOVA Innovation Centre with its facilities for validation of greenhouse and Controlled Environments technologies and development of post-harvest services and nutritional analysis.

Laura Bouvet, Knowledge Exchange Manager at Agri-TechE, comments: “This is an exciting opportunity to gain a better understanding of this region which is looking for technologies in smart irrigation, biologics, advanced breeding technologies and controlled environments.”

Agri-TechE member New Growing System originates from Andalucía; Guillermo Baquero, NGS’ Business Development Manager, says: “This mission will help to create closer links and understanding; I am delighted that Agri-TechE is helping to facilitate this knowledge exchange.”

Guillermo Baquero, New Growing System
Guillermo Baquero, New Growing System

This trip will give you the opportunity to learn about the Andalucía Agri-tech Industry, hold B2B meetings with Andalucía based companies and take part in guided tours around innovation centres and farming projects.

The cost of flights and accommodation will be covered by Andalucía TRADE. Flights from the UK to Spain will take place on Monday 23rd September, with return flight on Thursday 26th.

There are limited places on this mission so do apply promptly – closing date 7th July 2024.

Register your interest here.

Andalucia TRADE