Fisheries and Land Resources
November 28, 2017

Provincial Government Providing More Land for Agriculture Development

Twelve additional Agriculture Areas of Interest, totalling approximately 8,400 hectares, are now available in several areas of the province for agriculture development. Additional properties will be available in December.

This brings the total area of land available to commercial farmers, part-time commercial farmers or new farmers to approximately 23,900 hectares. As additional land is identified and made available notices will be posted on the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources website.

In February, 2017, the Provincial Government announced the identification of 62 areas of interest totalling approximately 64,000 hectares to support the agriculture industry. The Way Forward specifies increasing food self-sufficiency by at least 20 per cent by 2022. The recent Summit on Agriculture launched 43 actions to double the province’s food self-sufficiency, and double the number of people directly employed in the provincial agriculture sector. Increasing Crown land for agriculture helps deliver on these targets.

Candidates interested in leasing and utilizing the land for agriculture will follow the Request for Proposals process. Unless otherwise indicated, the tenure will be a 50-year Crown Land Agriculture Lease.

Information packages can be downloaded from the Provincial Government website or requested through the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources. Packages contain background information and necessary application forms to outline the farm development proposal.

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“This increase in available land responds specifically to what industry told us was needed to grow the agriculture sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. Making more land available will help achieve our goal of food self-sufficiently and ensure new and current farmers and producers find new ways to expand and improve their businesses.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Learn More
Land for Agriculture - www.faa.gov.nl.ca/agrifoods/land/obtaining_land/requests_for_proposals.html

Land Resource Stewardship Division - www.flr.gov.nl.ca/department/contact_lrsd.html#eastern_rfp

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Media contact
Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409
connieboland@gov.nl.ca

2017 11 28                              3:10 p.m.