More examples needed of products from horticultural residuals

On Sunday 25 August, BioBoost partner Inagro thanked his test field holders with a festive barbecue and a tour of the site in Beitem (BE). A perfect opportunity to introduce them to the circular economy. While consuming a glass of yacon juice, the agricultural and horticultural producers filled out a survey on this. The results are presented in this article.

Tour along the test fields
Inagro currently performs approximately 400 trials in more than seventy crops. This is done on own fields, but also together with some 100 test field holders. Thanks to this collaboration, Inagro can do research in different circumstances and immediately get feedback from the practice. After lunch, the test field holders were able to see existing practices and the novelties in the experimental garden. The tour started with insect culture and aquaculture, in which Inagro does promising research.

After that the participants went to the biogas plant and the new test field fertilizer. On the test fields they discovered everything about the irrigation in cauliflower, leek cultivation on water and the tests in maize. At the phytoplatform advisors gave explanations about sustainable crop protection and at the innovative garden they were formed about a circular economy in agriculture.

Great interest in the valorisation of residual streams
While consuming a glass of yacon juice, the farmers and horticulturists filled out a survey on bio-economy and the use of residual streams.It is striking that the majority of participants are already aware of the large amount of food waste, of which half are at the beginning of the chain. More than 65% know that.

They showed great interest to do something about it and to make better use of green residual streams. As many as 95% of the test field owners were interested to learn more about the possibilities for the use of green residuals. A small majority is currently willing to give the preference of buying biobased products, made from green residual streams, as a consumer. This means that there is already a large market for such products. A market with even more opportunities if more people become aware of food waste and what can be done about it.

Help needed
It was also clear that this does not happen by themselves. Only half of the participants know where to find more info on this topic. And almost everyone (> 95%) considers it important that more examples are developed and stimulated. In BioBoost, we want to do this through the development of a virtual web-based platform, where information on new and innovative applications of horticultural ‘waste’ can be found. This platform will be on-line soon. The gardeners see an important role for the government: 85% thought it was important for the government to stimulate the bio-economy.

 

At the BioBoost stand in front of the experimental garden of Inagro, farmers and horticulturists were able to enjoy a glass of yacon juice when filling out the survey on circular economy.

 

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