During the last month of May 2013, the Breton association Geotexia Méné, born in 1998 thanks to the collaboration of several pig producers in Brittany that were decided to find a collective and cooperative solution in order to give value to slurry, presented to the ANSES (French National Department for Food Safety) three requests for the official approval of digestates, the fertilizers obtained from its methanisation plants.
Currently, these products cannot be given value, with the exception of their use as fertilizers on the farms.
In the setting of the plan "Energie Méthanisation Autonomie Azote (EMAA)" [Energy Methanisation Autonomy Nitrogen], the Minister of Agriculture of France is pleased by the first positive opinions by the ANSES and has asked the Directorate General of Food to prepare the official approval projects for digestates.
The official approval of these products that come from the agricultural methanisation plants will allow the authorisation of their market entry in all the national territory.
Stéphane Le Foll welcomed "this essential step, that shows that the dynamics with regard to the development of methanisation is taking place, and that it will allow a growing number of farmers to see, in the improvement of the environment, an advantage for their competitiveness".
Friday December 20, 2013/ Ministère de l'agriculture, de l'agroalimentaire et de la forêt/ France.