From 1 January, eco-cheques can be used to buy any product sold by farms that hold the “Direct from the Farm” label and not just those certified as organic, the Walloon Federation of Agriculture (FWA) said in a statement on Thursday.
The decision was taken in the National Labour Council (CNT) which brings together the social partners, Belga News Agency reports.
The CNT has updated the list of products that can be purchased with eco-vouchers, the Christian union ACV confirmed. “The social partners hope to promote the cultivation and sale of short supply chains,” it explained.
In order for consumers to spend their eco-vouchers, farms must have the “Direct from the Farm” label and be affiliated with a voucher issuing company, the FWA said.
These eco-vouchers, intended to promote the purchase of environmentally-friendly products, could already be used to buy products from farms but only those that were certified as “organic”.