Agróptimum Next presents ground-breaking innovations in pistachio cultivation to the public, with a specific focus on agricultural professionals and investors.

This thrilling initiative seeks to showcase novel perspectives on agriculture that prioritize sustainability, efficiency, and maximum profitability.

To achieve this, we've transformed Casa del Olmo, a traditional estate previously dedicated to cereal and vine cultivation, into a space devoted to agricultural experimentation and education.

Sustainable bioinnovation is the future of agriculture.

Nestled in nature, Casa del Olmo leads our research and development efforts. Here, under the supervision of our researchers and agricultural engineers, we test the most modern and effective techniques. Our aim is to create new methods for pistachio cultivation, map the future of agriculture, and share our findings globally.

Casa del Olmo, a boldly designed pistachio plantation oriented at 40 degrees north, allows us to optimize plant layouts considering terrain topography, efficient irrigation systems, and optimal access for harvesting machinery.

Enhancing this unique space, we incorporate native plant species like lavender and saffron, serving as natural barriers against specific pests. Complementing this phytosanitary function, we construct insect hotels acting as natural repellents for parasites affecting pistachio trees.

The various facets of agroinnovation

In addition to Casa del Olmo, Agróptimum Next encompasses various initiatives sharing the goal of equipping agriculture with innovations for increased profitability and sustainability.

Among the first initiatives launched is the genetic improvement of the pistachio tree, focusing on creating high-quality, more productive, and pest-resistant pistachio varieties through crossbreeding and selection.

Another impactful initiative is OP-BIOTECH, addressing a critical issue: hybrid stress in olive and pistachio crops. Using biotechnological techniques based on microorganisms, the goal is to enhance nutrient absorption in affected plants and provide more resistance to climate challenges.

The integration of advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and telecommunications, is crucial for the SMART MANCHA project. Aiming to improve management and monitoring in agriculture through a web application using GPS data and augmented reality, this application provides detailed information about trees, including pattern, variety, planting and pruning dates, and alerts about future actions.

Similarly, we have the INVERNADERO DATA DRIVE 4.0 (BLOCKCHAIN) project, focusing on precision agriculture in greenhouses. Utilizing IoT and blockchain technologies to generate real-time information, facilitate decision-making, control climatic and environmental conditions both inside and outside the greenhouse, and transform data into useful knowledge for the farmer.

Lastly, the Life-AIs consortium, of which Agróptimum is a part, is developing technology to "see" and optimize crops through image capture with 3D cameras and data processing with AI. Supported by the European Union's LIFE environmental program, this initiative will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the use of phytosanitary products, fuel, and electricity.

From Cuenca to the world

Within Agróptimum Next, we've placed a building to serve as the core for all activities, regardless of their nature.

The goal is to give this building a broader use, not limiting it to being a centre for interpreting innovation in agriculture. We aim to turn it into a meeting and learning space.

To that effect, we've designed a very versatile and multifunctional ground floor. It can host a wide range of events in a privileged natural environment, an ideal place for agroinnovation, which requires an open mindset. The discoveries it provides will shape the future. And that future, the future of agriculture, begins here.

A sustainable investment for society, the environment and the economy.