A solid educational background in agriculture, either at Master level for the researchers or at Bachelor or technical level for the technical staff is usually a secure foundation for a career with Inagro. In fact, quite a few members of staff have their roots in the agricultural and the horticultural sector.
Inagro's staff policy is aimed at ensuring the continuous in-service training of the organisation's human capital.
180 FTE in total
- Researchers & agricultural extension officers: 40%
- Technical staff: 41%
- Support staff: 19%
Professional infrastructure on operational scale
The practice-driven nature of our research requires the research projects to be implemented on an operational scale.
Which is why Inagro has set up a small-scale yet professional operational infrastructure for various sectors at its site.
The infrastructure is adapted to simultaneously test various objects in various repetitions on a certain scale size to ensure the test results are statistically underpinned. The available acreage at our sites is largely insufficient to perform all research. Which is why we also set up trial plots in-situ. To this end, Inagro runs a network of 80 trial plot holders which offers the added benefit that this enables us to conduct research on different types of soil.
Greenhouse horticulture: 4,200 m² glass and 1,000 m² of plastic greenhouses
- Conventional produce in soil and hydroponics
- Focus on lettuce, tomato, cucumber, strawberry & various diversification crops
Belgian endives: infrastructure for forcing 100 m³ endive roots of conventional cropping per annum and 10 m³ per annum for organic farming
- Forced cultivation in operational facilities and mini forcing facility
Mushrooms: 2 incubation rooms for 30 T compost processing and x m³ cultivation space
- Infrastructure for phase I and phase II composting, focus on compost preparation research
- Focus on Paris mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and alternative varieties
Conventional horticulture: 16 ha horticultural crop acreage at the Rumbeke site
- Focus on brassica, leek, carrot, spinach, courgette, peas and beans alongside a wide number of specialities for the fresh product market
Conventional arable farming: 11 ha arable crop acreage at the Koksijde site
- Focus on ware potatoes and seed potatoes, cereals, maize, protein crops, flax and chicory
Organic farming: 12 ha acreage at the Rumbeke site
- Fully converted to and operated in accordance with organic farming methods
- Focus on horticultural, arable and fodder crops
Aquaculture: 750 m² breeding/cultivation capacity
- all RAS=Recirculating Aquaculture System
- Quarantine room: 3 x 12 m³ (3 tanks /RAS), research room: 4 x 15 m³ (5 tanks/RAS), grow-out system: 1 x 65m³ met 4 tanks
- Hatchery with possibility for research
Insects: 24 m² breeding/cultivation capacity, fully climatized
- Small-scale set-up for breeding adults and larvae
- Focus on black soldier fly and the processing of various types of biomass through the growing of insects
Generation of energy:
- Co-fermentation plant with 30 kW cogeneration engine
- 50 m² PV plant (22 KW) with separate monitoring of 12 different panel types
- Production of short rotation coppice and miscanthus recovered to be used in a small-scale wood incinerator on site
Analysis of soil, water, manure and crops. Over 100 analysis methods have been developed.
Specialist laboratory equipment in place, including ICP-MS & ICP-AES, segmented flow analysis, automatic titration, ion chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatograpy, Q-PCR & conventional PCR, Kjeldahl analysis, Capillar electrophoresis
ISO 17025 accredited.
Output & Results (2014)
- 96 ongoing projects
- 65 crops being researched
- 410 trials
- 55,000 samples analysed
- 131 seminars, demonstrations, visits to trial plots.
- 235 publications in the trade press/specialist journals