Bolschare boosts agrability alongside with the University of Extremadura.

It promotes a chair that will develop projects aimed at adapting agriculture to people with special needs



Badajoz, 28 May 2024.- Bolschare Tech, the technological arm of the Bolschare Group, and the University of Extremadura (UEx) yesterday presented the Bolschare-Biergon UEx Chair, a pioneering initiative aimed at promoting accessibility solutions in the region’s agricultural sector. It will promote the concept of ‘agrability’, which aims to adapt rural work in Extremadura to people with disabilities.

One of the objectives of the new chair is the implementation and development of technical means and equipment specially designed for people with disabilities, so that they can carry out agricultural activities with as few restrictions as possible. In this sense, the study of the operation of exoskeletal machines or wheelchairs that facilitate the sowing process are emerging as projects within the framework of the programme.

The official inauguration of the Bolschare-Biergon UEx Chair, which took place at the University of Badajoz campus, was presided over by the President of the Bolschare Group, Ignacio Schmolling, the Rector of the UEx, Pedro M. Fernández Salguero, and the Director of the Chair, Konstantinos Gianikellis. Also present were Pedro Foles, CEO of Bolschare Agriculture; María de Guía Córdoba, Vice Rector of Research and Transfer; Francisco Álvarez Arroyo, Secretary General of the University of Extremadura; and José Luis Canito, Director of Fundecyt-PCTEX.

During the inauguration, Schmolling emphasised the Bolschare Group’s strong commitment to the values of social inclusion, which seek to transform agriculture into an engine of change, and the importance of promoting projects such as the Chair. In the Bioêrgon Research Group, we have found the way to adapt the sector to people with special needs. Our aim is to facilitate social support for the sectors in which we work, in order to create inclusive working environments where people with special needs can develop their profession without limitations,’ he explained.

For his part, the Director of the Chair explained the objectives and activities to be carried out. Our focus will be on research and development of technological and ergonomic solutions for the agro-industrial sector, promoting accessibility and quality of life in rural areas,” said Gianikellis.

Fernández Salguero, Rector of the UEx, highlighted the importance of the synergy with the agro-industrial sector and the ‘significant impact’ that the development of tools to improve the lives of people with disabilities can have in Extremadura. The Bolschare-Bioêrgon Chair is an example of how collaboration between academia and industry can generate tangible benefits for our region,” he said.

The Chair will carry out an annual programme of activities, approved by a Monitoring Committee, which will include a plan for the generation and use of resources. In addition, an annual activity report will be submitted to the Vice-Rectorate with responsibility for R&D&I during the first quarter of the following year.