Trois-Rivières — Trois-Rivières has just been chosen as one of nine cities in Quebec, in order to contribute to the elaboration of development plans in the field of urban agriculture. In collaboration with the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), a committee has been formed to establish the direction to be taken in the field of urban agriculture during the next few years.
“The aim of the exercise is to ask ourselves, as a City, how we want to guide the development of urban agriculture. From there, it is allowed to dream. But what is clear is that both the Recreation department that one of the Design often receive requests, and it is important that we identify better the need and our willingness in this development,” said councillor Claude Ferron, who will sit on this committee whose work will officially begin in mid-may.
The phenomenon is growing everywhere in the world, note Claude Ferron. “In my opinion, this is not just a fad. It will continue to expand, by the desire of some to know the provenance of what they eat, or for others to achieve some form of self-sufficiency in food”, he says.
For the time being, the committee will focus specifically on urban agriculture and vegetable. However, it is not excluded that the work can grow to animal agriculture. Is it finally the door to the acceptance of the hens in urban areas, for example? “For the moment, this is not allowed. But is it to this that we want to go? There’s a reflection there, and it is also necessary that the means will follow,” notes one who hopes, through the work of this committee, be able to put in place a citizens ‘ consultation, to have the opinion of the population in regards to urban agriculture.
“The policy will have to be bold here and see the urban agriculture not as mere crafts, but as a lever to economic important for the City and its citizens. And there are a multitude of benefits. If we think of heat islands as it seeks to combat, it is one of the ways that one can use to achieve this”, citing the example of the municipal councillor.
The committee has recently received a financial assistance of$ 17,500 to the MAPAQ to begin its work. Alderman Sabrina Roy, as well as representatives of the department of Planning and certain civil society actors, such as the citizen movement the Incredible edible Three-Rivers, for example, will form this committee whose work is scheduled to start in mid-may.
The other cities that will take part in the project are Victoriaville, Obedjiwan, Saguenay, Mistissini, Val-David, Sainte-Émélie-de-l Energy, the Rimouski-Neigette area and the MRC of la Côte-de-Gaspé.