Pomegranate cap­i­tal of the world

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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

Elche pomegranates are among the best in the world

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