Wings project creates an innovative, resource-efficient and environmental friendly manure management model with Belgian dairy farmers.
The European Union has strong regulations concerning the protection of water quality and biodiversity. In Belgium, due to the geographical concentration of farmland, farmers are often unable utilize all the manure on their property, leaving them with no choice but to export it at high cost.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Belgium and its local partner, VCM, the Wings project was created to advise and support farmers regarding manure utilization through both collective and individual models, and optimize its management to limit ammonia emission. It also helped farmers to identify financing solutions, facilitated the implementation of the project’s models and fostered knowledge transfers.
In the wake of the Danone 2020 sustainable agriculture plan, Wings helped Danone Belgium in its aim to secure sustainable milk sources while reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment. The project has now been handed over to the CBU and aims to be rolled out into other European CBUs at a later date.
Under the picture, some generated results.
Farmers with an increased or secured revenue
T of milk collected from the project each year