Quebec is 50% self-sufficient for fruits and vegetables

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Quebec is 50% self-sufficient for fruits and vegetables

Isabelle Prévost is an agronomist and crop manager for the Royal Greenhouses in Saint-Jérôme.

Quebec will likely exceed its food self-sufficiency targets for fruits and vegetables, according to greenhouse growers in the province.

< p class="e-p">Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, fine herbs, hydroponic lettuce, berries, eggplant and even figs: the variety of greenhouse fruits and vegetables produced in Quebec continues to grow.

50% food self-sufficiency in Quebec: interview with André Mousseau

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The craze for buying local [during the pandemic] allowed our producers to take their place, to make some money and to be able to invest in the future, then at the same time the ministry decided to invest , explained André Mousseau, president of the Producteurs en serre du Québec, in an interview with Radio-Canada.

In November 2020, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, as well as the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources at the time, Jonatan Julien, announced more than $100 million to double the surface area of ​​food greenhouses in Quebec by 2025. This desire was coupled with a program to expand the electrical network adapted to rural areas.

André Mousseau, president of Les Producteurs en serre du Québec and owner of Le Cactus Fleuri

The result can be seen on grocery store shelves and on the plates of Quebecers, according to Ms. . Mousseau. The province has gone from about 30% to nearly 50% food self-sufficiency when it comes to fruits and vegetables in the past two years, he notes. It aims for a target of “80% self-sufficiency in greenhouse vegetables in Quebec”.

Mr. Mousseau says that at least a quarter of greenhouse producers have made requests to the government for greenhouse area expansions and, according to him, the target of 250 hectares of greenhouses by 2025 will most likely be exceeded.

The Royal Greenhouses in Saint-Jérôme.

< p class="e-p">In addition to funding for greenhouse expansion, the government can defray producers up to 40% of certain electricity expenses.

Energy costs for production greenhouse are bred, says Mousseau. By using heat pumps and closely monitored lighting to ensure it is used in the right place, growers are trying to lower their bill.

With information from< /em> Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc

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