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Report on Maple Syrup Industry Urges Quebec to Drop Quota System

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Report on Maple Syrup Industry Urges Quebec to Drop Quota System

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Report urges Quebec to drop maple syrup quota

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MONTREAL - Quebec should end its strict quota system for maple syrup in order to stop market share erosion and to better compete internationally, says a new report.

The report, commissioned by the provincial Agriculture Department, noted that Quebec has lost 10 per cent of world market share over the past 10 years and risks losing another 10 per cent by 2025.

Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis said Quebec's maple syrup industry, which controls more than 70 per cent of world production, is handcuffed by too many rules and regulations and is losing ground to U.S. producers who don't face the same restrictions.

He said trade agreements with Europe and Pacific Rim countries mean Quebec's maple syrup producers will soon have the potential to reach 1.3 billion consumers and, that if they don't take advantage, other producers will. …

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