We take great pains to cultivate with environmental protection. We do weed as much as possible on a mechanical way. Our own obervations in the nursery and the preventif system of observation and warnings (PCS) are used for the battle against diseases.
The sector of non-edible horticultural production is subjected to multiple regulations.
After an audit by the independ control organism CERTALENT, we can submit a certificate Vegaplan NET/IMP. This way we can provide an assurance when purchasing a Vegaplan certified product that it is safe and produced according to all European sustainability standards we have to follow.
This certificate is subject to a regular audit frequency every 3 years.
What’s Vegaplan NET / IMP
Vegaplan NET also includes both the requirements of the Food Safety Agency (AFSCA) which apply to the production and trading of ornamental plants, as well as the IPM measures (Integrated Pest Management) and the requirements on quality for propagating material under authority of the regions.
The Standard Vegaplan NET contains:
- The requirements of the sector guide G-040 concerning primary agricultural production, module D, non-edible horticultural crops (inspection by Food Safety Agency AFSCA).
- The requirements of the sector guide G-043 concerning the trading of non-edible horticultural crops. (inspection by Food Safety Agency AFSCA).
- The requirements from the IPM checklist IMP (Integrated Pest Management) concerning horticultural production (inspection by the Regional authorities competent for IPM)
- The requirements concerning the quality of the propagation material. (inspection by the Regional authorities)
In addition, the inspection on the minimum EG quality of the reproductive material, previously done by the Department of Agriculture and Fisherie, are also recorded in the Vegaplan NET checklist.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Within the context of a European regulation (2009/128/EC) the regional authorities impose compliance with a series of measures for the sustainable use of plant protection products. In so doing the aim is to reduce the risks and effects of plant protection products on public health and the environment by stimulating the use of integrated control (IPM) against infestations and alternative techniques such as non-chemical means instead of pesticides. Integrated Pest Management involves respecting 8 major principles.