Crops

Demonstration platform

The Agri-Development Department has at its disposal a demonstration platform measuring nearly 5 hectares which can host a variety of trials, particularly those related to themes of protein autonomy (lucerne, protein-rich peas, faba, etc.) and fodder autonomy (mixed fodder, maize silage, etc.), nitrogen dressings and phytosanitary protection, bioenergy crops (maize energy), agro-materials (hemp), etc.

Contact:
Marie-Hélène BURON
084 220 266
0473 726 961
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Industrial hemp

The Agri-Development Department is endeavouring, with a number of institutional (Chanvre wallon asbl, CRA-w, Materia Nova, etc.) and private partners (ChanvrEco, etc.) but also with the invaluable help of farmers, to develop an industrial hemp sector in Wallonia. In particular, effort is being put into the fibre, from changing the way crops are managed, to marketing, including manufacturing.

Contact:
Jean-Noël DEGEYE
084 220 371
0478 830 332
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Useful links:
http://www.chanvrewallon.be
http://www.chanvreco.be

LEADER

The LEADER programme is one of the four community initiatives financed by the European Union Structural Fund.  Its objective is to encourage and help rural actors to consider and act on the long-term potential of their local region, by implementing integrated strategies and sustainable development projects. It is also designed to promote cooperation between rural areas of a particular State, even of different European States, in order to enable a sharing of experiences.
The development of a LEADER programme requires a Local Action Group (GAL) to be selected and chosen which is built around a unifying theme and defines a Strategic Development Plan.

Aims of the CER

An agreement between Wallonia Region, the Rural Foundation of Wallonia (FRW) and the Centre for Rural Economy (CER) governs the work of these two bodies as part of an overall aim of interfacing for the LEADER programme.
The missions allocated to the CER concern the interface between the project leaders and the Administrations for the financial aspects, in particular:
information on the eligibility of expenses;

  • verification of the claim statements and the conformity of the supporting documents before they are sent to the competent Administrations;
  • individualised assistance to the Local Action Groups with financial monitoring;
  • creation of IT tools (Excel) to enable optimal processing of the information to send to the Administrations and training in their use;
  • support to the co-ordinating DG (DGA): passing on the queries and compilation of useful financial data to the agent handling them;
  • Participation in the administrative task forces.

For its part, the FRW provides technical assistance in setting up and implementing the projects (information on the initiative, training for the project coordinators, funding, etc.).

Contacts:
Danièle ANSENNE                               
084 220 264
0484 467 414                       
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Florin GOTIA
084 220 264
0490 112 743
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Useful links:
http://www.leaderwallonie.be/
http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rur/leaderplus/index_fr.htm
http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/index_fr.htm

Administrations and partners
http://agriculture.wallonie.be/
http://www.wallonie.be/
http://www.cfwb.be/
http://www.frw.be/
http://trame-scrl.blogspot.com

Green energy

The Agri-Development Department is involved in a range of studies investigating the feasibility and implementation of local energy schemes, mainly starting from farm biomass. As well as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, such initiatives offer farmers diversification and commit them to new social expectations.

Contact:
Jean-Noël DEGEYE
084 220 371
0478 830 332
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Biological soil quality

Biological soil quality

QUALI-SOL project: Characterisation of the biological quality of farm soils in the Wallonia Region

The quality of a soil can in general terms be defined as its capacity to perform the various functions or "services" expected of it:

  • ensure animal and plant productivity (fertility);
  • act in preserving the environment (role as filter, purifier);
  • guarantee that the living organisms are maintained.

And so the majority of the soil functions are performed (in)directly by the microorganisms that it shelters:

  • nutrients are made available for the plants;
  • organic matter is broken down and reorganised;
  • pollutants are decomposed, etc.

In order to assess the quality of the soils, it is therefore appropriate to investigate the dynamics and activity of the microbial populations using a sensitive and suitable tool.

This project aims to assess the quality of the farm soils in Wallonia against two main criteria:

  • by studying the genetic diversity of the microorganisms of the soil;
  • by studying their biochemical activity.

A very specific distinction is also made between soils used for conventional agriculture and soils managed organically.

The way in which the soil is worked, with or without labour, is also examined. In order to most closely replicate real conditions, plots of land are examined directly with the farmers. Different test areas are also studied in order to assess the potential effects of working the soil, or the effects of pesticides on the microbial flora.
This project therefore consists of the characterisation of farm soils subjected to a variety of crop management techniques.

Ultimately, such an approach should enable us to clearly identify the cultivation practices that best respect the equilibriums of the "soil-microorganisms-plants" system.
It will thus contribute:

  • to the better management of soil by farms;
  • to preventing soil erosion;
  • to suggesting ways in which it can recover.

The techniques developed in this project could also be transposed to studying other types of soil, particularly industrial or polluted areas.

Contact:
Mathieu DONDELINGER
084 220 260
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Industrial hemp

Industrial hemp

The Agri-Development Department is endeavouring, with a number of institutional (Chanvre wallon asbl, CRA-w, Materia Nova, etc.) and private partners (ChanvrEco, etc.) but also with the invaluable help of farmers, to develop an industrial hemp sector in Wallonia. In particular, effort is being put into the fibre, from changing the way crops are managed, to marketing, including manufacturing.

Contact:
Jean-Noël DEGEYE
084 220 371
0478 830 332
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Useful links:
http://www.chanvrewallon.be
http://www.chanvreco.be

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