Strong regulations concerning protection of water quality and biodiversity have been taken by the European Union. In the meantime, due to concentration of farms, the famers cannot valorize all the manure on their lands and need to export it at high costs.
Danone Belgium wishes to secure its milk sourcing, maintaining farmers’ licence to operate and promote a more sustainable agriculture.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Belgium and its local partner, VCM, co-created the “Wings” project to promote sustainable dairy farms in Belgium. The project will work on the optimization of manure management for ammonia emission: advice and support farmers to select best optimum solutions and for Manure surplus valorization through both collective and individual models. It will also identify financing solution for farmers and facilitate the implementation of the models and roll out , foster knowledge transfer, build partnerships, financing solutions for farmers and stimulate dairy farming‘s chain transformation through the partners.
This project secures licence to operate and removes growth constraints for farmers. It also enhances farmers’ reputation.
Danone Belgium is securing the sustainable milk supply for factory increasing needs, in the wake of the Danone 2020 sustainable agriculture plan. It will be also a pilot project to be driven in other European CBU’s.
The project reduces the impact of agriculture on the environment, improves the understanding of manure management issues and therefore helps farmers to improve their manure management.