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New Brunswick Maple Syrup Producers Seek More Crown Land to Expand Production – New Brunswick

New Brunswick maple syrup makers are pushing the provincial government to respond to their request for more Crown land to expand production and meet growing global demand for their products. their.

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Louise Poitras, executive director of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association, said in a recent interview that producers waited two years for the government to respond to their request to plant an additional 12,000 hectares of Crown Forest.

Poitras added that the land claimed by the association represents about 0.4% of the total Crown land in the province.

“There is a thriving economy there for our maple syrup industry in New Brunswick. We are just asking for our fair share. ”

The demand for maple syrup, she added, is growing. New Brunswick’s maple syrup industry had a record year in 2021, producing 10 million pounds of maple syrup. They all sold in September, showing more buying demand, she said.

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New Brunswick is the world’s third-largest producer of maple syrup, after Quebec and Vermont.

While the industry waits for a response from the government, forestry companies have clearly been mining near existing sugars, Poitras said.

“Once you cut them, there will be less maple syrup to harvest,” she explains. “We need answers from the government.”

In a recent statement, the Department of Natural Resources said it was pleased the maple syrup industry was growing, but it said the request for more land was still being assessed against other land uses. .

“We are working to finalize this profile, including in consultation with First Nations and further discussions with industry,” spokesman Nick Brown wrote in an email.

“About 14,000 hectares (three million taps) are leased in New Brunswick and in 2015 we approved a 4,400-hectare expansion for maple syrup production and the benefits are starting to be seen,” Brown said. see.

This Canadian Press report was first published on February 7, 2022.

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