MRC holds Agri­cul­ture Fo­rum

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

On April 11th, the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC held an Agri­cul­ture Fo­rum at the Estri­mont Suites & Spa, in Or­ford, one step to­wards the elab­o­ra­tion of the Plan de developpement de la zone agri­cole (PDZA). More than 120 people, farm pro­duc­ers, elected of­fi­cials, and cit­i­zens took part. The ob­jec­tive was to con­sult those in­volved to come up with a vi­sion of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and to iden­tify the ac­tions needed to sup­port and en­er­gize farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the MRC.

Dur­ing the month of March, con­sul­ta­tions in dif­fer­ent sec­tors were held with about fifty farm­ers. Is­sues and ob­jec­tives were iden­ti­fied at these meet­ings and then tack­led dur­ing dis­cus­sion groups at the Fo­rum. The topics were: pro­duc­tion de­vel­op­ment; trans­for­ma­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion, mar­ket­ing and agro-tourism; the dy­namic oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory; agri­cul­tural life.

Dur­ing the com­ing weeks, the MRC will make pri­or­i­ties and iden­tify the or­ga­ni­za­tions that could be in­volved in them. The se­lec­tion of in­di­ca­tors will also al­low the fol­low­ing of the evo­lu­tion of the mea­sures taken to re­al­ize con­crete ac­tions to sup­port and de­velop the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try on the Mem­phrem­a­gog ter­ri­tory. These steps will lead to the fi­nal­iza­tion of the PDZA, to take place in June.

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