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Montérégie producers are at a breaking point

Montérégie agricultural producers and their families will soon be adding their voices to those echoing around the world, as farmers demand government action to support the sector. Several tractor parades are set to take place on April 5, 10, and 12 in the Haut-Richelieu, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and the region des Maskoutains, with large-scale protests planned in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Vaudreuil, and Saint-Hyacinthe.

Under the banner “Stop à l’agriculture sous pression,” the demonstrations are being organized by the Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie with support from local unions, calling for an end to agriculture under stress. The Haut-Saint-Laurent, Beauharnois-Salaberry, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges syndicates all passed resolutions during their most recent meetings in favour of supporting the federation and any pressure tactics it employs to obtain better conditions for Quebec farmers.

According to the Montérégie federation, the agriculture and agri-food sector is a major component of the region’s economy. Known widely as the province’s pantry, the region is home to over 7,000 farm businesses, which generate $3.25 billion in revenues and 30 per cent of the province’s gross agricultural domestic product ($850 million).

Since 2022, the UPA has decried the future of agriculture in the province, suggesting the sector is at risk due to unprecedented economic, regional, climatic, and environmental pressure. In a press release issued by the federation, the regional union points out that such calls have led to “a limited number of adjustments to existing programs and to various so-called ‘emergency’ measures, that have failed to meet the scale of agricultural producers’ expectations and needs.”

Producers from Beauharnois-Salaberry, the Haut-Saint-Laurent, and other nearby areas will be joining the protest in Vaudreuil on April 10. Producers wishing to participate in the tractor parade will be gathering at 300 Chemin Sainte-Julie in Saint-Clet as of 8:45 a.m. Those preferring to drive may go directly to Vaudreuil, where the demonstration is expected to start at 10 a.m. at 3050 Boulevard de la Gare.

Producers who wish to participate are asked to confirm their attendance as soon as possible with Vanessa Filion at vfilion@upa.qc.ca.

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