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Itis with in­ter­est that the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Estrie re­gion, St. Fran­cois MNA Dr. Re­jean He­bert, learnt about the re­gional agri­cul­tural sec­tor from the 2011 edi­tion of the Pro­fil ré­gional de l’in­dus­trie bioal­i­men­taire au Québec, put out by the min­istère de l’Agri­cul­ture, des Pêcheries et de l’Al­i­men­ta­tion. This doc­u­ment gives a de­tailed por­trait of the bio-food sec­tor of each ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion. What stood out for the Estrie re­gion was the large di­ver­sity in the farm­ing sec­tor, one that in­cludes al­most 2,600 en­ter­prises gen­er­at­ing re­ceipts of 480 mil­lion dol­lars, in­no­va­tive train­ing cen­tres and numer­ous pub­lic mar­kets.

In this re­gion, for­age plants are an in­te­gral part of the land­scape. Pas­ture cov­ers more than 75% of the cul­ti­vated area, which ex­plains the dom­i­nant place of the rais­ing of ru­mi­nants: 60% of Estrie farms en­gage in an­i­mal pro­duc­tion. With re­ceipts of more than 220 mil­lion dol­lars, the dairy sec­tor is strong­est. It gen­er­ates 46% of the to­tal re­ceipts of the farm­ing in­dus­try in the Estrie and holds 9% of the milk quota of Que­bec.

The re­gion has al­most 60 hog barns and a hun­dred grain-fed hog-rais­ers. The rev­enues from this sec­tor rep­re­sent 19% of the agri­cul­tural rev­enue of the re­gion, mak­ing it the sec­ond big­gest sec­tor.

Not only is the Estrie re­gion the most im­por­tant Que­bec re­gion when it comes to the cul­ti­va­tion of Christ­mas trees, it is the sec­ond big­gest maple syrup pro­ducer. There are 5.7 mil­lion taps over an area of ap­prox­i­mately 25,000 hectares, gen­er­at­ing re­ceipts of over 40 mil­lion dol­lars.

Fi­nally, with 80 cer­ti­fied or­ganic farms, the re­gion is con­sid­ered the ‘cra­dle’ of or­ganic farm­ing in Que­bec. Agro-tourism grow­ing The 2011 edi­tion of the Pro­fil also re­vealed the im­por­tance of agro-tourism in the econ­omy of the re­gion. Vine­yards, or­chards, blueberry farms, maple sugar pro­duc­ers, rasp­berry farms, honey pro­duc­ers, cheese pro­duc­ers, rose gar­dens and laven­der fields at­tract hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

Food trans­for­ma­tion, with more than 200 en­ter­prises, is also im­por­tant on the ter­ri­tory. Those busi­nesses pri­mar­ily trans­form fruits and veg­eta­bles, maple prod­ucts, meat and poul­try.

“The bio-food in­dus­try is at the heart of the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the re­gions of Que­bec and af­fects each of us, at least, three times a day. It is to ev­ery­one’s ad­van­tage to work to­gether in the growth of this promis­ing sec­tor. This is what we wish to do with the fu­ture pol­icy on food sovereignty that my government is now work­ing on and that will be de­posited in the spring,” con­firmed Dr. He­bert.

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