The mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, and the councilor for tourism, Luisa Barranco, traveled to Holland, where they visited the best greenhouse horticultural research, knowledge, innovation, and information centers as part of their research for the future construction and commissioning of El Ejido's Agricultural Experiences Center.
Francisco Góngora said: “El Ejido's Experiences Center will be a unique building that will show the great value of our agriculture and production system to produce the best and tastiest fruits and vegetables. Visitors will stimulate all their senses. They will embark on an interactive experience in which they will be able to see, hear, and learn about sustainable greenhouse agriculture."
"It will be an immersive journey through time and in virtual worlds, with the support of Information and Communication Technologies. It will also be an information and knowledge exchange center that can organize events, workshops, and important conferences within the agricultural world, where professionals and experts can address the challenges of the sector and discuss possible solutions."
The mayor and the city council visited the World Horti Center, the Koppert Biological System Experience Center, the Tomateworld Information and Education Center and its data-driven greenhouse, the Westland Horticulture Museum, and the Nemo Science and Technology Museum. They also had intensive meetings and visits to multinationals such as De Gier and Koppert.
Collaboration between El Ejido and Westland
The mayor of El Ejido and the mayor of the Dutch town of Westland, Bouke Arends, agreed to establish different ways of collaboration between the two most important intensive agriculture production municipalities in Europe.
Three-quarters of Westland's horticultural area is covered with glass greenhouses. Westland is also a large logistics and distribution center that brings together companies in the sector with connections to road, rail, and maritime transport.