If you are involved in agriculture and rural development you are very probably interested in Common Agricultural Policy. Since 2013 a political agreement on the reform of the CAP has been reached between the Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council.
We can help you discover more about European institutions and their functions in the evolution of agriculture especially at the source of the changes made by the Commission.
One of the most important matters now drastically influencing all markets is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) brought into the center of the conferences and discussions. It is so valuable to understand the different points of view over all these issues.
Belgium being located between the Agricultural particularities of Netherlands, Germany, and France there are interesting local products visible in a very short distance from each other. Belgian Blue Beef Breed, the production of the Binche potatoes at the base of the famous Belgian Fries, Sugar Beet, and many different types of cereals.
We can also help you with visits to local farmers who have their own fields of wheat, corn, rye, spelt (Triticum spelta ), buckwheat, barley, oats. Also fruit producers or even Shire Horse (Dray Horse) owners who work in the forested areas of Belgium.
An important and very useful contact is:
- AgriBrussels – Mr. Xavier Bourgeois
Other contact details of interest are:
- The Agricultural Forestry and Agri-food of Libramont Fair hosts 200,000 visitors – 1,800 exhibitors and brands on a site of 300,000 m² every year
- Some nationals claim production of up to 50 - 60 tons of potatoes per hectare.
- Other claim 9 - 10 tons of wheat per hectare.
- In a country of only 30,528 Km² you can easily reach any part of it!
Destinations for the Flemish and Francophone areas of Belgium are:
- Flanders with Bruges, Antwerp, and Ghent
- Wallonia with Liege, Namur, and – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULG)
The university Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of Gembloux is the oldest Belgian educational institution where research has been devoted exclusively to agricultural and biological engineering for more than 150 years.
- The Ardennes forest in the South East of Belgium is known as the Green Province of Luxembourg.