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Kawartha Lakes Agricultural Action Plan
Project Date/Duration: 2010

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The agricultural sector contributes significantly to the economy and quality of life in the City of Kawartha Lakes. In an economic impact assessment conducted in 2006 it was estimated that primary agriculture in the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Greater Peterborough area contributes in excess of $353 million annually to the area economy. It is the main economic activity in the City and the backbone of the rural community. Despite its size and the support given to the sector by the City of Kawartha Lakes, agriculture is currently vulnerable to many negative forces including economic trends affecting food prices and production, world trade issues, an aging farm population, lack of succession planning, an increasing disconnect with decision makers, pressure for urban growth, encouraging non-agricultural development, and a lack of understanding about the significance of the agricultural sector in the broader communities.

To address these issues and stimulate the sector, the Council of the City of Kawartha Lakes has identified the development of an Agricultural Action Plan as a Strategic Priority. An Agricultural Action Plan Steering Committee was formed in August, 2009 to manage the development of this Action Plan and is comprised of members from the Agricultural Development Advisory Board (ADAB) and the Victoria Haliburton Federation of Agriculture (VHFA). Development of the plan is supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) Economic Development Office and the Victoria Haliburton Federation of Agriculture, with additional funding support by the FedDev Southern Ontario and the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation.

The agricultural sector is more than farms and farmers. It includes the entire agri-business sector: agricultural suppliers (equipment, fertilizer, seed, feed, etc.); agricultural support businesses (financing, accounting, veterinary services, electrical and service contractors); manufacturers; processors; distributors (wholesale, retail, warehouse); and evolving agricultural industries (e.g. bio-energy opportunities).




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