The current managers of La Mayora recall that the access road to the Experimental Station, currently managed by the CSIC, was recently renamed as Doctor Wienberg Avenue. "It is a way of publicly thanking the role of those who created this agricultural research centre at the time," says the Mayor of Algarrobeño, Alberto Pérez.
The German scientist Hans Dieter Wienberg, 88 years old and Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Malaga, remained at the helm of the facilities between 1961 and 1975. It was precisely in the mid-seventies when the farms dedicated to the cultivation of strawberries started proliferating in La Axarquia of Malaga.
Subsequently, those intensive farms paved the way for the setting up of greenhouses, and now subtropical crops have taken centre stage, with a turnover from exports that, according to the Government of Andalusia, exceeds 250 million Euro per year.
After the agreement reached between the Spanish and German governments, Wienberg played a fundamental role in the development of agriculture in Malaga and Andalusia. But no less significant is that many of the original researchers reported about the ideal climatic characteristics of the most oriental region of Malaga.
This attracted huge investments with German capital, starting with the construction of the Torrox Costa international centre in the early seventies, which resulted in at least 300 families from Berlin choosing this tourist enclave to purchase a second residence.