The Producteurs et productrices acéricoles du Québec (PPAQ) has announced that the available quota for maple syrup production will be increased by seven million taps this fall, to enable the industry to respond to current demand while supporting the development of new markets both locally and abroad.
The PPAQ submitted a request to the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec to change the Réglement sur le contingentement de la production acéricole du Québec to accommodate the additional quota in July. On September 2, the Régie approved the modifications to the regulation, which governs maple syrup production quota under the provincial Act respecting the marketing of agricultural, food, and fish products.
The period for submitting applications for new taps is now open to current and prospective producers looking for both start-up and expansion quota. According to the PPAQ, the new taps “will be distributed to the number of eligible applications received between the start-up and expansion programs and by allocation method, i.e., random draw or distribution.” At least five per cent of the new taps are reserved for start-up projects taking place on Crown land.
The deadline to apply for new quota with either the start-up or expansion program is October 15. All applications will be evaluated between October 16 and December 14. The allocation of quota will be announced on December 15. The PPAQ is anticipating that all seven million taps will be installed by 2024.
More information is available in both French and English on the PPAQ website at www.ppaq.ca. In addition, two information sessions on the new regulation will take place in the coming weeks. The Montérégie-Est union local will be holding a meeting on September 27, while the Montérégie-Ouest union will hold a meeting on October 14. Both information sessions will take place at 7 p.m. (SR)