The Polytechnic University of Valencia recently hosted an interesting workshop on the importance of Spanish fields committing to R&D to maintain their renown and conquer future challenges. The Managing Director of Kiwa Spain, Juan Cardona, was one of the experts attending the meeting, which brought together outstanding companies and leaders in the sector such as Anecoop, Bollo-Arte specialising in fruit, Consum, IBM, INDRA, Banco Sabadell, Sakata and Vodafone.
The event’s organization, which was undertaken by the Higher Technical School of Agronomic Engineering and the Environment, gave the meeting an eminently practical focus. There were round tables and conferences involving specialists from important companies, associations and public administrations. Kiwa, Spain’s leading company in the certification of the fruit and vegetable sector, was one of them.
Juan Cardona, as the moderator of the first of the round tables, stressed the need for R&D spending to grow in the sector in line with the European Union average. The exponential growth in world population is going to be a challenge for the sector if it is to supply the population while at the same time compensating a decrease in the area per capita set aside for cultivation in Spain.
For Cardona, big data, mobile devices, geo-location or the use of drones are some of the new technologies that, together with others still to come, ”will revolutionize the way we understand agrifood, and will provide the sector with a greater competitiveness and powerful tools to deal with such pressing issues as, for example, precision agriculture or the long-awaited rational use of water“.
Among other messages that could also be heard during the conference, he welcomed collaborative robotics at the service of progress and a firm commitment towards innovation, which represents an undoubted competitive advantage according to experts.