Welcome to C.I.D.E

Commission Intersyndicale des Déshydrateurs Européens
Asociación de Deshidratadores Europeos
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Trocknungsbetriebe
Commissione Intersindicale dei Disidratatori Europei
Europese Vereniging van Groenvoeder-Drogerijen
Sammenslutning af Europaeiske Tørrerier

Food safety

Our Sector in figures


CO 2 sequestration

About European Forages C.I.D.E

Welcome to European Forage, the CIDE website that brings together all the national associations of European forage processors.

The CIDE, Commission Intersyndicale des Déshydrateurs Européens (European Dehydrators’ Working Group) was set up in the 1950s. Since then, it has also represented processers of sun-dried fodder. It is a non-profit association, (NGO).

The CIDE is recorded in the Transparency Register of European Institutions and is a correspondent of the FAO (The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

The members of the CIDE are national associations of fodder processors, dehydrators but also processors of sun-dried products.  A country can only be represented by one sole association. The national associations are legal members of the Board of Directors.

The CIDE may accept natural persons and legal persons as members. However, they may not be members of the Board of Directors.

European Forage - Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Alfalfa Deshidratada
AJD Agro Ltd.
Bundesfachverband landwirtschaftlicher Trocknungswerke Deutschland e.V.
COOP de FRANCE Deshydratation
KISAM Biorefine

European Forage, food safety and animal welfare

The Europen Forages producers through a highly technological process sanitize, stabilize and extract the foreign bodies present in the raw materials.

Quality analysis of all production batches is carried out regularly as required by European HACCP regulations.

Dehydrated European Forages are characterized by high stability and very low humidity levels, which guarantee the health of the product and prevent the appearance of mycotoxins, molds, live insects, and any substance that can harm the animal welfare

The seed used for sowing in all European countries is NO GMO.

Our Sector

The dehydrated fodder sector in Europe currently groups together the 6 national associations that add up to a total of 160 dehydration industries.

The total production in Europe of dehydrated alfalfa is that the 3 million tons in addition to alfalfa are transformed into other types of forages in an approximate amount of half a million tons per year.

The total of hectares destined to the production of dehydrated forages in Europe exceeds 250,000.

Currently, the European sector of dehydrated fodder searches for 9,000 jobs in different countries. It is a field-industry binomial if it is considered fundamental to curb depopulation and the creation of quality employment in rural areas.

Organic forage production in Europe in 2021 exceeds 250,000 tonnes.

The dehydration sector is constantly evolving, adapting to the new future challenges posed by today’s society.

The dyhdrated fodder sector in Europe is defined under industry classification 10.91.2000 (Prodcom).

European Forage Enviroment

The European Forage contributes to improving biodiversity with 117 species of birds using it for food, shelter, or reproduction.

It does not require the land to be tilled over a five years period, thus reducing erosion, which is 16 times less than that involved in growing corn.

It does not need nitrogen fertilizers, thus avoiding water being contaminated by nitrates.

Bees conservation: More than 60 species of bees pollinate alfalfa.

GMO free crop.

It fixes 9 t/ha/year of CO2 (1.5 t in the parts that are underground, 0.75 t in its roots and 6.75 t in the parts that are above ground), thus helping to alleviate the greenhouse effect and acting as a green filter.

It does not require herbicides and phytosanitary products do not need to be extensively used.

A stand of alfalfa lasts for at least five years, thus making the landscape greener.

2.000 to 2.700 kg of protein per hectar.

Reduces soil erosion.

European Forage CO2 sequestration

The dehydrated European Forage fodder sector in Europe currently groups together the 6 national associations that add up to a total of 160 dehydration industries.

Accounting of carbon emissions and sequestres in the forage production process

The binomial of alfalfa cultivation and dehydration industry as a fundamental vector in mitigating climate change. 


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