MAPAQ approves Memphremagog MRC’s new farmland zoning
MAPAQ ( Ministere de l’Agriculture, des Pecheries et de l’Alimentation du Quebec) has approved the Memphremagog MRC’s Plan de developpement de la zone agricole (PDZA). The plan was prepared with agricultural producers, municipalities and others in the community.
Jacques Demers, the prefect of the MRC, commented: “We’re extremely proud of the outcome of this project. Thanks to the synergy developed during the elaboration of the PDZA, we can count on the precious collaboration of the municipalities, the agricultural producers, the UPA and others. Everyone has a role to play in the changing of the farmland.”
In the last year, the needs of the farmers became clear during the public consultations. The concerns raised led to targeted actions that will take place in the next five years. The recommendations of the agricultural producers were primarily over the putting in place of a “guichet unique d’information”, the taking into account by the municipalities of the reality of agriculture, making the population aware of that reality, and the development of local products.
The 2015-2020 PDZA action plan foresees investments of close to $200,000 to develop the agricultural sector and generate economic fallout in the region. The action plan has six aspects: economic, regulatory, touristic, sustainable development, taxation, raising awareness and education. In 2012, the MRC received a $40,000 grant from MASPAQ to create the PDZA. The Conference regionale des
elus de l’Estrie (CRE) provided $10,000. The PDZA is a planning tool that aims to develop the full agricultural potential of an MRC. It takes into account the state of the agricultural situation and the identification of the possibilities for development of farming activities. It aims for a dynamic occupation of the agricultural zone and the development of the agricultural potential with a perspective of growth and diversification of activities.
The PDZA and its action plan can be consulted at www.mrcmemphremagog.com.
Townships farmers have been rushing to harvest their corn after the rather early ‘killing frost’ we received about two weeks ago. The quality of the corn goes down after such cold temperatures.