Prov­ince opens land for farm­ing

Gov­ern­ment hopes pro­vid­ing more Crown land will im­prove food self-suf­fi­ciency, premier says

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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.

GARY KEAN/TC ME­DIA

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.

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