Virtual conferences and drone races at the Sant Miquel Fair – Eurofruit

LleidaDrone Association will present at the show solutions from different companies to help with the pandemic and will focus on precision agriculture

The LleidaDrone Association, based in the Lleida Science Park, will be present at this year’s Sant Miquel Fair – Eurofruit with a series of activities focused largely on the contribution of this technology to the fight against Covid-19. The proposals that LleidaDrone will develop within the framework of the fair, adapted to the current health circumstances, will have as a second thread precision agriculture, in line with previous editions. The 66th edition of the Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the 35th edition of the Eurofruit fair will take place from 24th to 27th September.

The 13th Professional and Amateur Conferences of LleidaDrone will have this year an online format, and will consist of a series of pre-recorded lectures that will be presented in streaming during the fair to everyone through Youtube and Facebook.

The presentations will show the latest advances in the drone sector, emphasizing two topics, the new specific applications of these devices in precision agriculture and the many applications that are being carried out to help in the fight against the coronavirus, such as cleaning open spaces with substance irrigation systems against the virus and capacity control on beaches and other spaces susceptible to crowding with cameras and artificial intelligence systems.

In addition, LleidaDrone will have a stand where it will exhibit its projects and a space with a drone flight network in which continuous demonstrations will be made throughout the fair, including professional, toy and racing drones. Among other activities, LleidaDrone Racing Team pilots will be doing demonstration races.

This year the activities with children, such as flying drones or playing with the “Pagès Simulator” have been suspended in order to avoid possible infections caused by sharing materials.

The Association LleidaDrone was founded in 2011 at the Science and Technology Park of Lleida and has developed more than 70 events in Lleida, in the rest of Spain and in several European countries, always with the philosophy of offering non-profit activities to disseminate drone projects and technology.

It should be remembered that the Sant Miquel Fair and Eurofruit maintain a normal contracting rate, currently over 75%, given that – despite the health crisis registered this year – the strict security measures that the Fira de Lleida will implement and the fact that the Lleida Fair is the first major agricultural event to be held this year in Spain, have favoured the interest of exhibitors in attending the show.

The sectors represented at both events are tractors, agricultural machinery, precision agriculture, equipment and services for agriculture and livestock, local food products, the automotive industry, financial services and insurance.

Belarus strengthens its position at the Sant Miquel Fair – Eurofruit

It will be represented by a stand with agricultural machinery companies from that country and companies that import agricultural products such as oil, fruit, wine or cereals

Belarus will once again have a prominent presence at the Sant Miquel Fair in Lleida. For the second consecutive year, it will be represented with its own stand, in which agricultural machinery companies from that country and companies that import agricultural products such as oil, fruit, wine or cereals will be present. This year, the incorporation of the prestigious MTW tractor manufacturer, the fifth most important company in the world in its sector, stands out. It will be presented “officially” in Lleida after more than a decade of absence in Spain.

Created in 1946, Minsk Tractor Works (MTW) is one of the most important industrial companies in Belarus. It brings together 9 companies that produce parts and accessories for tractors and other vehicles, and employs some 17,000 workers. The company produces about a hundred models of vehicles, the most important of which is the “MTZ” tractor, also known as “Belarus”. The company holds an 8-10% share of the world market for wheeled tractors and exports to 60 countries on all five continents.

The space of the Republic of Eastern Europe at the Sant Miquel Fair will also be attended by Cristian Balcells, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Barcelona, with origins in Lleida and the driving force behind a task of economic revitalisation of both territories, a task that is already being translated into concrete results. The delegation is expected to be accompanied by Pavel Pustovoy, Belarusian Ambassador to Spain; Sergey Lukashevich, Economic Affairs Counsellor at the Embassy, and other members of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It should be remembered that the Belarusian presence at the Catalan agricultural show is the result of the trade mission organized jointly by the Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the Belarusian Consulate in Barcelona last June to promote the Sant Miquel-Eurofruit and Municipality Fair in Belarus.

During the course of that action, the heads of Fira de Lleida and of the BELAGRO agricultural fair signed an agreement to promote commercial contacts between both parties, basically through the presence of a joint delegation of Belarusian companies and representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture in the Lleida fair.

It should be remembered that basically Lleida exports agri-food products and agricultural machinery in Belarus, while imports are focused on the housing sector and, to a lesser extent, on raw materials and manufactures.

In addition to its economic potential, Belarus has a strategic role in importing in the commercial field, since it is considered a gateway from Europe to a market of more than 250 million inhabitants. Other republics belonging to the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) federation are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Belarus is a very attractive country for Catalan companies as it is a large consumer of fruit, oil, wine and cava, on the one hand, and for its strategic position in the centre of Europe, on the other. In the last three years it has registered growth rates of over 6%, with a strong economic dependence on Russia due to its long membership of the Soviet Union and the productive specialisation of the centralised economies. From the time it belonged to the Soviet Union it maintains a significant industrial structure and developed agriculture, as well as a high level of training.

Despite the fact that initially, when it became independent, there was a strong process of privatization, currently 80% of industrial enterprises are in the hands of the State. As for the mining and natural resources sector, it has abundant coal and forests covering one third of the country, so the timber industry is important. In agriculture, the exploitation of products typical of the Central European area, such as potatoes, wheat, oats, rye and beet, is noteworthy. The livestock is mainly cattle. Imports of oil and other fuels are the focus of trade with Russia. The production and export of machinery, such as tractors, tools, agricultural equipment and fertilizers have a significant economic weight. The World Bank estimated an unemployment rate in Belarus of 0.5% in 2015.

The 66th edition of the Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the 35th edition of the Eurofruit show will take place from 24th to 27th September.

Eurofruit and the Sant Miquel Fair exceeds 75% occupancy

With a leading role in the sectors of tractors, with 10,000 m2, precision agriculture, irrigation, automotive and local products

The Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the international Eurofruit show are now over 75% occupied (out of the total 29,000 m2 of net exhibition space available), which puts this year’s hiring at almost the same level as previous years. The 66th edition of the Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the 35th edition of the Eurofruit show will take place from 24th to 27th September.

This year the notable presence of sectors such as tractors (which will occupy a joint area of 10,000 m2), drones and precision agriculture in general, irrigation, automotive and local products should be highlighted.

The general director of Fira de Lleida, Oriol Oró, considers that “the progressive de-escalation and flexibility of the conditions of mobility of the population have increased the confidence of the exhibitors and in the last days we have noticed a sensitive increase in the rate of hiring”. Oró also recalls that this year the Lleida show will be the first major agricultural exhibition to be held in Spain, which is an added incentive for exhibitors and visitors.

Sant Miquel and Eurofruit will be exhibiting a wide range of products centred on tractors, agricultural machinery, precision agriculture, equipment and services for agriculture and livestock, local food products, the car industry, financial services and insurance.

How to switch to Intelligent Agriculture with Vunkers IoT?

  • Vunkers is a company that offers Internet Services of Things (IoT)
  • Teaching Department promotes research in Vocational Training
  • The company Vunkers bets on the creation of links with vocational training centres

Vunkers IT Experts, with more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, goes one step further and presents, in this new edition of the Sant Miquel Fair, a new branch of business: Vunkers IoT.

Taking advantage of the Fair event, the company, together with the institutes of Almenar and La Salle de Mollerussa, will present the research, innovation and development project, Agriculture with IoT, thanks to the collaboration agreement that will soon be signed with Teaching Department.

This project will be developed during the academic year in the facilities of the educational centers, as well as in the facilities of the company itself, thanks to the provision of equipment by Vunkers. Highlighting here that students will have at all times a technical advisor who will tutor them.

The aim of this initiative is to promote collaborative work between schools, to bring students closer to the current business reality and to acquire the necessary professional experience so that they are better prepared for the world of work once they have completed their studies.

Vunkers, in addition to a strong commitment to Vocational Training, is the best option for transforming agriculture, as the company has a branch of business, dedicated solely and exclusively to the Internet of things, Vunkers IoT. This division of engineers is constantly working on tailor-made IoT services projects in order to apply the advantages of an innovative, economic and very low-consumption product in the agricultural sector, independent of large operators.

The IoT equipment, developed by Vunkers, has a long autonomy, and among the projects carried out we can highlight an autonomous meteorological station and sun humidity control equipment, for optimization of irrigation with multi-user portal, both for end users and for companies that want to offer these services.

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Novafrut is the reference in protection nets

Nova Fruticultura, SL. is known as Novafrut, its registered trademark.

Novafrut is based in Figueres (Girona) and has a warehouse in Mollerussa, in the Vila-Sana industrial estate (Lleida). We have distributors in Aragon, Cantabria, Portugal and Morocco.

With more than 15 years of experience in net protection installations, we have specialised initially in fruit growing but also in other areas such as farms, industries, shops and public spaces.

Where there are structures with nets, Novafrut is there.

Our asset is constant innovation in order to achieve long-lasting, effective installations that require a minimum of annual maintenance.

This is achieved with a very technical team, the use of precision GPS technology and material testing.

The most common installations that Novafrut® carries out throughout Spain are: anti-hail, anti-rain, vine training, climatic for orchards and ornamentals, anti-birds, sports nets, windbreaks, reflective fabrics and everything related to nets.

Our facilities are adapted to the most demanding requirements of each zone: strong winds, important hail, high temperatures, rocky or sandy soils, etc.

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TOTAL AGRI has a range of high-tech lubricants at the service of agriculture

TOTAL AGRI has a range of high-tech lubricants at the service of agriculture.

TOTAL reinforces its offer of services to agricultural professionals, thanks to a complete line of specific products for agricultural machinery.

In order to respond concretely and economically to the requirements of an activity that requires sophisticated machines, TOTAL designs innovative products, adapted to the most recent technical evolutions.

  • INTEGRAL: designed to meet the technological requirements of the latest generation of agricultural equipment as well as those of previous generations.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: complies with most of the international standards and approvals of the main agricultural machinery manufacturers.
  • INNOVATIVE AND UNIQUE: TOTAL lubricants is the only manufacturer to offer you different and innovative products, designed from years of research. Our Fuel Economy Lubricants and Biolubricants are a cost-effective solution to the demands of an activity in constant technological evolution and comply with environmental regulations.


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Fertirrigation in fruit trees: the importance of Calcium

Nutrition by means of irrigation (fertigation) entails a high demand on the fertilizer. A minimum manipulation in the place of consumption and a high precision in the contributions, are necessary to reduce the maintenance of the systems of irrigation and to increase the efficiency of the fertilizers. The content of Nitrogen in nitric form -immediately available for the plant- and the high content in Calcium are key for the obtaining of a greater production and a greater useful life of the fruits.


Calcium, together with nitrogen and potassium, is the most important macronutrient in stone and seed fruit trees. This nutrient is absorbed through the root apexes in ionic form, and its absorption depends on exogenous factors (water content, pH, degree of aeration, temperature…) and endogenous factors (cell wall, respiration, photosynthesis, transpiration…).

Calcium is transported to leaves and developing fruits through the current of transpiration, via xylem. The transport of calcium to the leaves seems to be more related to the growth rate of the roots than to that of the shoots (Scaife and Clarkson, 1978). During foliar and bud development, the concentration of calcium increases; therefore, large amounts of calcium are needed within the plant to ensure healthy growth.

When the fruit reaches about 50 g, more than 50% of the total amount of calcium it will finally have is already in the fruit. Therefore, it is essential that the contributions of calcium applied via soil are made before this stage; the application of calcium nitrate to the soil in spring increases the yield of the crop and at the same time provides calcium to the fruit improving its firmness. From this stage onwards, fruit sprays should be used until harvesting (mainly in pip fruit trees) to complete the calcium levels (the greater the number of applications, the better the result).

The supply of calcium increases production, fruit size and weight, firmness, colouring and acidity (vitamin C). It also increases TSS and sugar content, taste and juiciness, while reducing “bitter spot”, internal fruit rot and greening, improves resistance to Botrytis cinerea and minimizes fruit pitting.

Marschner (1995) describes that any increase in calcium concentration, however small, helps to prevent or drastically reduce economic losses caused by storage-associated diseases such as Gloesporium rot. On the other hand, Fallahi et al. (1997) states that high concentrations of calcium in fruits increase their post-harvest longevity, slowing down senescence and suppressing the decomposition produced by certain pathogenic microorganisms. In view of these premises, it is important to maintain levels above 5 mg/100 g of fresh weight at harvest time in order to minimise quality problems in storage.


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A walk with the DOP Les Garrigues to discover the secrets of oil

The Sant Miquel-Eurofruit Fair will also host a pairing of fruit and oil by the journalist and gourmet Pep Nogué.

The extra virgin olive oil returns with force to the Sant Miquel Fair and to the Eurofruit show in Lleida. The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Les Garrigues proposes visitors to enjoy a “Walk with the PDO Les Garrigues”, in which, in addition to being able to taste the oil of Lleida with a seal of quality, the most characteristic aromas of the oils (almond, tomato, leaf, etc.) characteristic of the arbequina and its link with the territory can be discovered. Les Garrigues PDO will be present with a stand and various activities at the 64th edition of the Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the 33rd edition of the Eurofruit show, events that will take place at the Fira de Lleida exhibition centre from 27 to 30 September.

The public will be able to taste the oils from each of the cooperatives with this seal of quality, as every day there will be present, on a rotating basis, the oil from five of the registered cooperatives, located in their own counters, and will be able to find out everything related to these centenary institutions and their oil. The Les Garrigues PDO stand will also host a sample of oils from all the registered cooperatives, in addition to the active presence of cooperatives, with their own exhibition and direct sale of oil.

Another of the novelties organised by the Regulatory Council is a pairing of fruit and oil, directed by Pep Nogué, journalist and gourmet, specialising in foods with a quality mark. The aim is to raise awareness of the possibilities of preparing fruit dishes, mainly from Lleida, with extra virgin olive oil with DOP Les Garrigues, healthy and essential foods in a healthy and balanced diet.

During the four days of the fair visitors will also have the opportunity to remember and enjoy the healthy snacks of bread with oil DOP Les Garrigues and chocolate and participate in oil draws.



The Sant Miquel Fair and Eurofruit bet on precision agriculture

It will host news related to drones, industrial refrigeration, cost management, GPS guidance for agricultural vehicles and farm management.


The Sant Miquel Fair and the Eurofruit show will dedicate a prominent space to precision agriculture —the application of information and communication technologies to agriculture — which allows the acquisition of data on the crop and its environment, its processing to convert it into useful information and the processing and storage of the information obtained for decision-making on the management to be carried out. Precision farming allows farmers and experienced technicians to have detailed information on the characteristics of the crop and its environment (soil, climate, etc.), which helps them to make better informed decisions and improve the profitability of farms by improving their management.

Professionals visiting the 64th edition of the Sant Miquel Agricultural Fair and the 33rd edition of the Eurofruit show, which will take place from 27th to 30th September at the Fira de Lleida, will find a wide range of services related to precision agriculture.

Thus, the large agricultural event will host numerous new developments related to very diverse sectors such as drones, technology increasingly important in the management of agricultural resources – especially agriculture and forestry – and which in this edition will play a special role with the official presentation in Lleida of Dronecoria, a programme aimed at the reforestation of forests burned by means of a drone that intelligently launches seeds and microorganisms in areas devastated by fires, earthquakes or tsunamis.

Precision agriculture will also be manifested in areas such as industrial refrigeration (controlled atmosphere equipment with intelligent electronic sensors to analyse the gases present in the chamber and the degree of ripeness, possible diseases or fungi and other incidents of the fruit; temperature recorders in cold rooms that allow monitoring via mobile phone via Bluetooth, etc.); irrigation systems (long-life hydrants, manure injection systems through the sprinkler system, solar pumping, monitoring of pipes to optimize water demand, etc.).

IT solutions for farm management will also be presented, with software for the technical monitoring of different crops, for the management of costs and resources (machinery, manpower) and for administrative and legal obligations (traceability, field notebooks), as well as advanced GPS guidance systems for agricultural vehicles and applications for farm management that allow farmers to carry out careful cost management (by plot and crop), always with updated data on the computer, smartphone or tablet.

Precision agriculture is gaining ground
Since the fields do not produce exactly the same amount of land over their entire area, the aim of precision agriculture is precisely to manage the plots with this variability in mind, i.e. not in a uniform way but in a specific way, taking into account the different areas of similar characteristics that can be defined. According to a classic definition, precision farming consists of “carrying out the right operation, at the right place, at the right time, in the right way and in the right quantity”.

The practice of precision agriculture can be carried out according to two methodologies: the one based on digital maps of information (from a map of the plot with the distribution of the variables made with GPS, a new one is made showing what to do at each point (intensity of the operation or dose of product to be applied) and the one based on sensors and in real time (data collection, decision and action are carried out in real time while the tractor and the equipment are moving around the plot).

The term precision agriculture encompasses a series of technologies for application in agricultural production, whose common factor is the use of ICT in the rationalization of decision-making and its precise execution. Any task that forms part of the operations necessary for the implantation, development and exploitation of a crop can be carried out using any of the techniques that make up precision agriculture. Since its beginnings in the last decade of the 20th century, precision agriculture has been incorporating new methods and responding to different problems, which has meant that its definition has evolved in accordance with its dynamic nature, characteristic of new technologies.

Broadly speaking, and in accordance with the objectives, precision farming techniques are classified into two main sections: techniques aimed at managing the spatial variability of soil properties and crop condition, and techniques aimed at helping to guide and standardise mechanised operations.




Agroborges will be present for yet another year at Eurofruit 2018

AGROBORGES is a company located in Les Borges Blanques with more than 30 years of experience and which continues to offer its customers the best products and services, thanks to the dedication of its team of professionals.

As we pointed out the previous year Agroborges has centralized all its departments in a new headquarters of more than 3500 m² in the Industrial Estate Les Verdunes, 11-12 of the same town.

We are wholesale distributors of phytosanitary products, solid and liquid fertilizers, micronutrients, zero residue products, agricultural material, gardening and postharvest among many others.

We take care of our clients by offering the best services: immediate delivery of products, technical advice, monitoring and follow-up of pests, logbook, integrated production and fertilization plans.

Once again this year, we will be present at Eurofruit from 27 to 30 September with our own stand presenting the latest market solutions for the agricultural sector. Agroborges is confident that you will visit our stand at this new edition of the fair and greet you personally.

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