Fisheries and Land Resources
January 31, 2018

Agriculture Land Development Pilot Project Launched in Western Region

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is undertaking a large-scale land development pilot project to further improve access to Crown Land for agriculture. For the first time, new and existing farmers interested in commercial fruit and vegetable production are being invited to submit proposals to lease property that is being prepared for agriculture development.

This initiative is important as the province aims to increase food self-sufficiency by at least 20 per cent by 2022 as outlined in The Way Forward.

Applicants interested in leasing land in the Town of Reidville are required to submit a proposal through the Call for Proposals process. New entrants to the vegetable sector will be given preference. Proposals must be received by Friday, March 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. Details on the proposal process can be found at www.faa.gov.nl.ca/agrifoods/land/obtaining_land/requests_for_proposals.html.

The property is located on Rocky Brook Road and contains approximately 71.66 acres. Of that amount, 34.6 acres are ready for agriculture development. Work is ongoing to prepare the remainder for spring 2018. The land was purchased by the Provincial Government under the Provincial Agriculture Land Consolidation Program in December, 2016.

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“In order to reach our goal of food self-sufficiency it is critical that issues around access to land are addressed. Additionally, making land that has initial preparations already completed available allows new entrant farmers to become profitable earlier.”
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

Additional Land for Agriculture Development Now Available (December 14, 2017) - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/1214n02.aspx

Provincial Government Providing More Land for Agriculture Development - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/1128n04.aspx

Provincial Government Continues to Support Food Sustainability - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/btcrd/1115n04.aspx

Agriculture Industry and Provincial Government Fostering Fertile Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/exec/1023n03.aspx

The Way Forward on Agriculture - www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwRVhkWboC8&feature=youtu.be external link icon

Additional Land Available for Agricultural Development - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/0418n05.aspx

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

2018 01 31                              1:50 p.m.