New Brunswick maple producers are calling for more Crown land dedicated to maple syrup production.
The maple industry is asking the government to grant it access to the equivalent of 5700 hectares of forest on public lands.
Maple syrup producer Éric Caron estimates that the allocation requested would be much more profitable for the provincial coffers.
“The maple industry, with 5700 hectares there, can generate sales of $ 12 million annually,” said Mr. Caron.
Maple syrup producers are also asking the province for a long-term strategy for allocating more resources to their industry.
They feel like they’re being left behind.
Gathering in Edmundston for the annual meeting of their association, maple producers say that the additional space they are demanding is essential for the industry to continue growing at the same pace as that of Quebec and several American states.
New Brunswick maple syrup producers produce approximately 551,000 gallons of maple syrup per year for sales estimated at $ 33 million (in 2017).