The VégéDurable 2 project aims to develop and deliver vegetable production systems which are less dependent on the use of inputs and more respectful of the environment while at the same time fulfilling the requirements of the profession and the market.
It was selected under the European cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.
The vegetable sector faces new challenges: to produce better and to develop methods of production which are both environmentally and economically sustainable while at the same time meeting the requirements of the other end of the supply chain, and particularly of retailers who want to sell completely unblemished products. Vegetable production methods and agricultural systems in general are heavily dependent on inputs and natural resources:
- The use of plant health products and fertilisers has been called into question since their impacts on the environment and on human health became widely known. Although the pollution was not caused primarily by the agricultural cultivation sector, vegetable growers have had to make major adjustments. The regulations governing the use of plant health products are more and more stringent and involve a reduction in the number of efficient products which receive authorisation.
- As a result of increased pressure from population growth, increased use of water, and competition for the use of this resource as crop-growing becomes more and more intensive, is causing shortages in a number of areas of Europe.
In order to provide solutions to these challenges, the VégéDurable 2 project aims to develop and deliver vegetable production systems which are less dependent on the use of inputs and more respectful of the environment while at the same time fulfilling the requirements of the profession and the market.
What does the project entail?
Trials have been conducted during the three years of studies carried out by the partner organisations. This research, is intended to lead to reduced pollution of water resources, through:
- reduced use of fertilisers
- reduced use of plant health products
- reduced use of water
The collaboration is based on a robust scientific network built up on organisations with complementary areas of expertise in relation to a broad range of fruits and vegetables, and represents the diversity of crops produced in the Channel Arc. This network is constituted by Caté, East Malling Research, Nicolas Oresme Mathematical Laboratory, PlantWorks ltd and Sileban.