Inagro is the knowledge partner of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the areas of innovation and sustainability. It is located in Roeselare municipality, which comprises an area of approximately 59 square kilometers and has a total population of 62.000 people, the intensive and innovation-driven agricultural and horticultural heart of the province of West Flanders in Belgium. Within its own optimized professional research infrastructure, Inagro’s scientific and technical teams devise farming and cultivation techniques ready for practical use. The main partners in these endeavours are universities, university colleges and businesses. Inagro’s advisers take the new know-how to the agricultural and horticultural businesses and guide the businesses in how to implement these insights, all of which is supported with professional communication tools.
Inagro is finalizing Agrotopia, an inspiring research rooftop greenhouse of approximately 9000 m2 where co-creation and demonstration will stimulate innovations to address the challenges the greenhouse horticulture and high technological urban farming sector is facing. The rooftop greenhouse integrates 3 functions: research, demonstration and communication towards the growers and the general public and, a living lab. Approximately 6000 m2 will be dedicated to soilless cultivation of leafy and fruit vegetables, allowing to develop best practices for hydroponic systems.
Cities2030 partner organization participating in the Agrotopia Living Lab is represented by the Provinciaal Extern Verzelfstandigd agentschap in Provaatrechtelijke Vorm Vzw (INAGRO, P06)