The name recalls the area’s long history as farmland and grain fields. It could be translated as simply Agricultural Area of the East. The fields here took advantage of the hundreds of years the area spent as lake bottom. Later, it was often swampy, colonial farmland divided by canals. These stretched eastward, likely as far as the eye could see.
Only in the 1930s did the rush of modern urbanism catch up with the area. By the 1950s, it was being subdivided into the neighborhoods we see today. The station logo depicts chaffs of wheat to further recall that earlier period.
The Agrícola Oriental neighborhoods are to the south of the station. Those to the north are called Agrícola Pantitlán, but they’re most often referred to collectively as simply Pantitlán. Many of these neighborhoods were only sparsely populated as recently as the 1980s.
But today it’s a young part of the City, and one of the most densely populated. Metro Agrícola Oriental is but a first stop along the way.