The share of Belgian export of agro-food produce that goes to the neighbouring countries of France, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom is 68%. The entire EU-28 represents 89% of Belgian export. The remaining 11% is destined for third countries. China, the United States and Algeria are the top three export destinations outside Europe.
That is the total export value of Belgian fresh produce. The most popular Belgian products abroad are dairy produce, potatoes, fruit & vegetables; beef & pork and horticultural products.
In Flanders, almost half the surface area is taken up by agriculture and horticulture. The greater majority of that is used for fodder crops and arable crops including potatoes. Other sectors have far more intensive production, for example the cultivation of fruit & vegetables in glasshouses, egg farming or pig farming.
Estimates of Belgian and European apple and pear harvests
Prognosfruit is a yearly congress that has been organized uninterruptedly since 1976, each year in another European country. The congress is an initiative of COPA-COGECA, the European agricultural organization. This year, the organization of the congress is in the hands of the Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives (VBT), together with the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA).
Fight against antibiotics in livestock farming bearing fruit
In 2018, the largest reduction in the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine has been recorded since 2011.
Belgium offers a wide range of fresh produce if you wish to buy top quality. The favourable climate, fertile soil, the craftsmanship of the growers and ultramodern systems for production, sale and quality control undoubtedly have something to do with this. Add the suppliers’ personal service and its central location, easy to access, and it’s clear why Belgian fresh produce is loved the world over.
On Freshfrombelgium.com, VLAM, Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board, wants to put Belgian suppliers of fresh produce in touch with foreign importers. To this end we above all use a product-oriented approach, using a whole range of specialised product websites that fall under the umbrella of freshfrombelgium.com, such as for example belgianmeat.com, belgianplants.com, belgianfruitsandvegetables.com, belgianpotatoes.com, belgianpoultry.com and belgiandairy.com.About Fresh from Belgium