The agriculture and agri-food industry in the MRC Pontiac
Agriculture is one of the most important economic sectors in Pontiac. Diversification, innovation, transformation and succession are major challenges, although the sector has been particularly productive in innovation since 2009 with the creation of the Hop Industry and experimental rice crops.
Agriculture and its features
Agricultural production in the MRC Pontiac provides employment for over 500 people and generates revenues of about 28 million dollars. In January 2008, 278 farm entreprises were registered in MAPAQ's regional database. A little over 27 percent of Outaouais farms are located in Pontiac and their farm revenue represents approximately 31 percent of the region's total farm revenue.
In 2007, registered farms occupied approximately 44,200 acres of land. A little over 28,800 acres were used for cultuvation and grazing. Crop areas represent about 34% of the crop area in the Outaouais.
In the MRC Pontiac you will find:
- Over 50% of the region's beef production;;
- 37% of the region's dairy production, and still rising over the past several years;
- 15% of the region's certified organic farms;
- A significant potential for maple production;
- The production of forage crops covers a total area of about 25,000 hectares;
- In the MRC's agricultural economy, beef production ranks first, with revenues of about 15.8 million dollars, or 57 percent of the MRC's total farm revenue in 2007.
For more information on the agriculture industry in Pontiac, refer to the MAPAQ's January 2008 Summary Report "The agriculture and agri-food industry in the MRC Pontiac. (This report is available only in French on the MAPAQ site. However, an English copy can be requested.)
“The agriculture and agri-food industry in the MRC Pontiac, Summary, January 2008” - Ministère de l'Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation
Annual Report 2011: Land of Bountiful Earth, Agriculture and Agribusiness - CLD Pontiac