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Spain Will Be the Partner Country at the International Horticultural Forum - IPM Essen 2015

Discussion About the Chances and Challenges of Spanish Plant Production
In 2015, Spain will be the partner country of the International Horticultural Forum at IPM ESSEN. Within the framework of this podium event, sectoral representatives from Spain will present the horticultural sector in their country. The International Horticultural Forum will be staged as an open podium discussion during which the listeners will, after brief statements made by the speakers, be able to ask questions and to play their own part.

The forum will take place at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015. In view of the tense economic situation in the Spanish horticultural sector, it is perhaps a somewhat surprising decision to examine the country's horticultural production in the Foreign Forum. Most businesses do not have the funds for far-reaching investments. However, it is also a fact that Spain has good climatic prerequisites and a good infrastructure for production and marketing. Spain, too, is currently introducing and supporting new developments in horticulture. This is being accompanied by higher technical standards and the corresponding need for equipment for outdoor and protected cultivation.

For example, reconstruction measures are being taken in the Almeria region and are leading to better technical equipment in the production areas. Moreover, one objective is to substantially extend integrated cultivation. According to information from Hortyfruta (the umbrella association of the Andalusian fruit and vegetable producers and marketers), the cultivation area of integrated production amounts to 18,000 hectares at present. In five years, it should be at least 30,000 hectares.

The great interest in German technology and German partners has been confirmed in preparatory discussions with Spanish representatives of the sector. For the German horticultural industry, the increasing degree of technicisation in the production of vegetables and ornamental plants is offering starting points for business relations. Main focal points can be seen in irrigation, fertiliser and plant protection technology. In addition to the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and France,

Spain is one of the countries which have taken part in IPM with a large cooperative participation for years already.

INDEGA - Interessenvertretung der deutschen Industrie für den Gartenbau e. V.
("Representation of interests of the German horticulture industry")
Hall 3, Booth 3A62
E-mail: info@indega.de

Source: IPM Essen