Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on Farm­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Mem­phré­m­a­gog

AFo­rum­sur l’Agri­cul­ture, or­ga­nized to elab­o­rate the Plan de developpement de la zone agri­cole (PDZA) of the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC, has been planned for April 11th, at the Au­berge Estri­mont, in Or­ford. The ob­jec­tive of the Fo­rum is to con­sult with nu­mer­ous stake­hold­ers to cre­ate a vi­sion of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and to iden­tify ac­tions that will sup­port and en­er­gize agri­cul­ture in the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC.

Dur­ing the month of March, con­sul­ta­tions were held with about fifty farm­ers. Dur­ing these meet­ings the is­sues faced by farm­ers were dis­cussed. These el­e­ments were turned into ob­jec­tives which will be pre­sented dur­ing the Fo­rum for con­sul­ta­tion. The themes such as de­vel­op­ment of pro­duc­tion, trans­for­ma­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion, agro­tourism, the dy­namic use of the land as well as farm life and the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers will be ap­proached.

The re­gional of­fice of MAPAQ is the main fi­nan­cial part­ner of this project, pro­vid­ing $40,000 to the MRC for the project. The Con­fer­ence re­gionales des elus de l’Estrie (CRE-Estrie) also con­trib­uted $10,000.

The MRC is invit­ing any­one in­ter­est in the sub­ject to take part in the Fo­rum. More than 200 people are ex­pected. To reg­is­ter, con­tact San­dra Gagnon be­fore April 4th by call­ing 819 843-9292, ext 0, or by email at info@mr­cmem­phrem­a­gog.com.

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