The province of Antwerp has always been an important engine for food production in the Flanders region. Differences in soil and specialisation have led to a very diverse agricultural and horticultural landscape. To support the sector, throughout the years, 4 practice research facilities have been established across the province, in areas where they had a close link to farmers.
The 4 stations, each in their area of expertise, provide a broad range of services to individual farmers, farmers associations, suppliers to the farming sector, local communities, society as a whole and policy makers. They are set up to mirror installations, tools and management practices used in their field and have solid expertise in applied agricultural and horticultural research for plant and animal production including field and greenhouse vegetables, strawberries, feed crops, poultry (broilers and layers) and dairy cattle. They are staffed with technical experts and highly skilled researchers who lead and participate in regional, national and European projects to develop, pilot, demonstrate and disseminate knowledge on best in class practices, materials, products and equipment for crop protection, nutrition, precision agriculture, varieties, mechanisation, digitisation, reduction of emissions, efficient use of resources and energy, reduction of impact on the environment, agroecology, young stock, reduction of the use of antibiotics, animal welfare and health,...
To enhance synergies between the stations, increase the exchange of knowledge, tackle common challenges, strengthen the depth and width of the research activities and make best use of the capabilities of the pool of researchers, a cooperation platform, AGHRANT, was formed. AGHRANT strives for a close collaboration between the research stations and brings their European cooperation and project development and participation to the next level. This results in lead and partner roles in a continuous string of highly successful European projects.
AGHRANT partners are part of Agrolink Flanders.
- Poultry (borilers and layers)
- Greenhouse vegetables and strawberies
- Field and greenhouse vegetables
- Dairy cattle, feed crops and rural development
- Horizon 2020: AEMON (Smart Agri Hubs): Mar 2019 – Nov 2021
- Horizon 2020: EURAKNOS: Jan 2019 – Mar 2021
- Horizon 2020: Nefertiti: Jan 2018 – Dec 2021
- Horizon 2020: Soildiver Agro: Jun 2019 – May 2024
- Horizon 2020: SUWANU Europe: Jan 2019 – Jun 2021
- Horizon 2020: B-WaterSmart: Jun 2020 – May 2024
- Interreg North Sea: Soilcom: Feb 2019 – Jan 2023
- Interreg NWE: Fabulous Farmers: Jan 2019 – Jan 2023
- Interreg NWE: MiteControl: Oct 2018 – Jul 2022
- Interreg NWE: UV-ROBOT: Sep 2017 – Nov 2023
- Interreg VL-NL: Glitch: Jun 2018 – May 2021
- Interreg VL-NL: GROW!: Jan 2018 – Dec 2020
- Interreg VL-NL: NITROMAN: Dec 2019 – Nov 2022
- Interreg VL-NL: RECUPA: Apr 2019 – Mar 2022
- Interreg VL-NL: Smart Growers: Oct 2019 – Sep 2022
- Interreg 2seas: Horti-BlueC: Feb 2018 – Oct 2021