Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters opens new PCFruit centre
On Friday Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters CD&V officially opened the new complex of PCFruit the demonstration garden for fruit cultivation in Kerkom, a municipal district of Sint-Truiden. Following an investment of almost 9 million euros, the garden’s activities have been extended to include the cultivation of strawberries, berries and small fruits. The main objective of PC Fruit is the research, the trial cultivation and providing information within the Limburg and Flemish fruit industry. “I am convinced that this umbrella of appropriate scientific research, the services to services for fruit growers, the Coordination and Information Centre for Sustainable Fertilization CVBB and the Practice Centre for Strawberries and Small Fruit has delivered results for the growers. The Flemish government invested more than half a million in total,” says Peeters. PCFruit’s president Marc Vandeput says he is especially pleased with the realisation of a fruit valley for fruit research at the Brustem industrial park as one of the strategic objectives of the Strategisch Actieplan voor Limburg in het kwadraat SALK – an initiative to boost economic growth from a different perspective following the closure of the Ford Genk factory. “We hope this will attract more innovative businesses in the fruit and related service and technology sectors, whether associated with universities and colleges or not. Moreover the fruit valley could also attract other fruit related industries such as food processing, pharmaceuticals and robotic applications. This will lead to substantial job creation. According to Vandeput, “PCFruit plans to play a pivotal role in this fruit valley”.