King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain inaugurated the 29th edition of the “AGROEXPO” on Wednesday, 25 January at the Feria Institución de Extremadura (FEVAL). The four-day agricultural expo is being held in the town of Don Benito in western Spain.
Their Majesties went through the four pavilions with their 250 exhibitors after speaking with the general director of FEVAL, Manuel Gómez Parejo. With Their Majesties were Guillermo Fernández Vara, the President of the Board of Extremadura; Cristina Herrera, the Delegate of the Government in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura; José Luis Quintana, the Mayor of Don Benito; the Municipal Corporation of Don Benito; and the authorities of FEVAL And the organizing committee of AGROEXPO 2017.
The AGROEXPO is an “International Fair dedicated to agriculture held annually in Badajoz and stands out above all for its extensive program of technical conferences, which give talks and lectures of great interest,” according to Casa Real.
After visiting each of the exhibits, the King and Queen greeted a group of 5th and 6th-grade students attending the expo as an extracurricular activity. The students were from the local public school Virgen de la Luz in Cheles.
As in previous years, the AGROEXPO will be held in three different halls: the Iberian Hall of Olive, Olive and Olive Oil (Olivac), the Tomato and Applied Technology Fair (Tomatec), and the Hall of Horticulture and Fruit Growing (Hortofrutec). It will also consist of a programme of “Technical Conferences and parallel activities dedicated to biotechnology, water, logistics and transport, olive groves and new fruit growing,” explained Casa Real.
Each year, a crop is given a prominent role, and this year, it is the tomato. It puts the region as one of the top national and international leaders in the production of the crop, as well as the export volume. Spain is the second largest tomato producer in the European Union.