Farming A Fusion Of Struggle, Success

NOVIA SCOTIA - Despite the faltering pork industry, a new APEC report affirms that several of Nova Scotia’s agriculture sectors are thriving
calendar icon 8 October 2007
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The diversity of Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry has produced successes and struggles in the various sectors, leaving some areas a bright future and others facing tough challenges.

The problems within Nova Scotia’s struggling pork industry have been well documented, and some fear the sector might disappear unless there is radical change, while in mink production there have been strong gains.

A new report by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council on Atlantic agriculture says there are thriving sectors.

"Robust export and domestic demand supported expansions over the last five years in Atlantic sectors such as mink, blueberries, greenhouse floriculture and chicken," it says. "The mink industry almost doubled in size over the 2001 to 2006 period. Nova Scotia now accounts for 50 per cent, and the region 60 per cent, of Canadian production."

In the chicken sector, production is up about 10 per cent over the five-year census period and the sector is healthy, says Ian Blenkharn, chairman of the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia produces about 45 million kilograms of chicken per year, or about 3.5 per cent of the total national production. Total gross revenues in the province for chicken are about $58 million annually.

Mr. Blenkharn says Nova Scotia producers predict about a 1.5 per cent growth annually.

Source: Chronicle Herald
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