Pomegranate capital of the world
By Alex Watkins MORE than 100 professionals from 20 countries will be participating in the international pomegranate congress in Elche from September 18-22.
It is the most important scientific event about pomegranates in the world and has previously been held in China, Turkey and India.
Organised every four years by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), it will bring together the Elche agrarian experimental station (STT), the regional agrarian research institute (IVIA), the regional environment department, Elche city hall and the protected designation of origin (DOP) for the Mollar de Elche variety of pomegranate.
Julián Bartual of the STT said this puts Elche ‘in the world spotlight’ and is ‘an excellent opportunity to meet professionals with the most advanced knowledge about growing pomegranates’.
Elche’s environment councillor Antonio García said it is a chance to promote the Mollar de Elche pomegranate, ‘which brings employment and wealth to the countryside’.
DOP committee president Francisco Oliva said they will show the richness of the local soil and the unique characteristics of the local variety.
The congress will address topics related to biotechnology, improving varieties, crop management, use of nutrients, optimisation of water for irrigation, quality of fruit and the health benefits of pomegranates.
The technical sessions for scientific professionals on September 19 and 20 and the training session for growers on September 21 will be given in English at the Centro de Congresos Ciutat d’Elx.
Registration is free and available on the website www.granadaselche.com
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