UNIVERSITY EXHIBITED TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS IN IFT-AGRO FAIR

OUR CORPORATION SHOWED ADVANCED INNOVATIONS DEVELOPED FOR AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-INDUSTRY. THE ACTIVITY WAS INAUGURATED BY PRESIDENT MICHELLE BACHELET, AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ÁLVARO ROJAS.



April 13, 2016

With six of its technological centers, the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Engineering and the Design School, our University had an outstanding participation in the First International Agricultural Technologies Fair, IFT-Agro 2016, held at the former Fital Talca premises, between 13 and 16 April.

The event was inaugurated by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, together with Universidad de Talca President Alvaro Rojas, Agriculture Secretary Carlos Furche and the ambassador of the United Status of America Michael Hammer, among other national and regional authorities.

Our Institution had enabled one of the biggest booths of the exhibition, with almost 30 square meters. The design of machinery for agro-industry, a strawberries harvester, superficial pebbles extractors, an extraction system for reusing plastic waste, moisture sensors for soil and a drone were some of the technologies that were shown at the stand of the university, which surprised the visitors and exhibitors.

The IFT-Agro fair brought together the big conglomerates of the sector and executives from goods, products and services supply companies related to the industry. The objective of the activity was to provide a platform with varied advanced technological solutions for farmers. It was organized by the Kallman Worldwide Chile Company, and the Central Agricultural Association.

A Role

“This is a job that has been unfolding for more than 25 years at the university. This is an agricultural area, the most agricultural of the country, and with the most important exports component —especially in the fruit industry, wine-growing and lesser fruits— which is why it is the agricultural heartland of Chile”, explained the President Rojas.

He added that this sector, in recent years, has experienced an important technological modernization in all areas, and our Corporation has had the intelligence to be able to be linked to that development, leading it in part, and guiding on the paths to follow. “So I think that today there is clarity at national and regional level that our University plays an important role in the development of agriculture”, said Álvaro Rojas.

For his part, Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Gonzalo Herrera, said that IFT-Agro is an important event, which managed to bring together dozens of companies and related technologies. “The purpose of this fair is to last in time to be the first of its type in Latin America. That is why, as university, we are we are in the best position to show our work and to demonstrate what we can achieve in the future with the agricultural technologies”, said the academic.
 
A Culture

This international trade fair sought to promote and encourage the use of technologies for a sustainable agriculture and agro-industry, with advanced services offered at the national and international level. For this reason, the activity was inaugurated by the president of the Republic.

“Chile has a culture tied to the land and this is the talent of our people, the capacity to create entrepreneurships; in addition, we have a diverse climate unique in the world,” said the Head of State. She added that 23% of the total value of Chilean exports is food.

Likewise, President Rojas stressed that our Academic Institution, with its participation, managed to strengthen, enhance and create new networks with the business sector, becoming a good platform to showcase and sell the services that it develops.

For his part, the Director of the Pomes Center, José Antonio Yuri, said that there is a new stimulation in the technology centers based on an academic group. “I see it as a very powerful tool to publicize in the market the work of the University on its students, which is fundamental,” he said.



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