Province opens land for farming
Government hopes providing more Crown land will improve food self-sufficiency, premier says
that will be made available.
In fact, he called it one of the most encouraging things he has seen in the industry in a long time.
“If this impediment to access to land is removed, then I think we’re going to see an explosion, I really do,” he said.
Wiseman added it is a myth that only a small percentage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s land base is arable. The leased Crown land left by Abitibi when it ceased producing pulp and paper contains a lot of great land for farming, Wiseman said.
“If a tree can grow on it, crops can grow on it,” he said.
Another positive aspect of the announcement, noted Wiseman, is the fact that farming most of the land being made available will help stimulate the economies in rural parts of the province.
Premier Dwight Ball speaks with the media Thursday after announcing the province is making 64,000 more hectares of Crown land available for agricultural development. At the right is Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods Minister Steve Crocker.