Avenue named after German who introduced the avocado to Axarquía

Dieter Wienberg with representatives in Algarrobo last week.
Dieter Wienberg with representatives in Algarrobo last week. / A.P.
  • Dieter Wienberg co-wrote a paper which led to the opening of La Mayora research station in Algarrobo, which he ran from 1961 to 1975

The avenue and roundabout leading up to the La Mayora research station in Algarrobo have been officially named after the man who founded and subsequently managed the centre and who is responsible for introducing a number of important crops to the area.

Representatives from Torrox town hall, the University of Malaga and La Mayora joined Dieter Wienberg last Thursday in a ceremony at the site.

Wienberg, who was born in Turingia in Germany on 14 July 1929, was in charge of the research station, now known as the Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea, in Algarrobo from 1961 to 1975.

During his time there he introduced crops such as the Californian strawberry, varieties of tomato and pepper as well as the avocado, which is now considered one of the Axarquía's most important products.

According to the current director of the institute, Enrique Moriones, Wienberg's vision led to an evolution for agriculture by introducing crops which have generated a large number of jobs in the area.

Wienberg studied agriculture and economy at the universities of Gottingen, Bonn and Innsbruck from 1950. He later travelled to Zaragoza thanks to a Hispano- German exchange grant from the Instituto Nacional de Colonización and in January 1955 he entered the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In 1961 he published, together with Joachim Berger and professor Rafael Viñarás, a paper on 'problems and possibilities of increasing the Spanish export of vegetables, fresh fruit and new potatoes,' in which the idea of opening a research station on the Costa del Sol was proposed.

In 1961 the Centro Experimental Económico-Agrario La Mayora in Algarrobo was created and financed by German development funds.