Québec, September 24, 2014 – In 2013, Québec horticultural market receipts reached $989.3 million—$0.8 million more than in 2012. During the 2010-2013 period, horticultural receipts recorded an average annual increase of 2.7%, while productions other than horticultural increased 6.4% per year to $6,807.1 million. Among the horticultural industry sectors, vegetables (+$39.7 million), berries (+$36.5 million), apples (+$22.2 million) and potatoes (+$16.4 million) recorded the strongest growth from 2010 to 2013.
In comparison, in 2013, horticultural production in Canada generated receipts of $6,090.4 million. Ontario held the top position with 40.8% of Canadian receipts, followed by British Columbia (20.8%) and Québec (16.2%). Between 2010 and 2013, horticultural receipts increased by $504.4 million in Canada. Québec was responsible for 14.9% of this growth.
This information comes from the Profil sectoriel de l’industrie horticole au Québec, édition 2014, a joint intitiative of the Institut de la statistique du Québec and the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec.
Horticultural exports rise 10.4%
In 2013, exports ($473.9 million) and imports ($573.3 million) of horticultural products both increased compared with 2012, respectively by 10.4% and 9.1%. Over the 2010-2013 period, average annual growth stood at 16.4% for exports and 4.7% for imports. The trade balance dropped from -$168.3 million to
-$63.4 million during this period. This reduction is attributable to a rise in exports of berries (+$116.1 million), field vegetables (+$57.9 million) and to a drop in imports of greenhouse vegetables
(-$4.3 million) and mushrooms (-3.4 million).
Detailed portrait of the horticultural industry
In addition to data on receipts and international trade, Profil horticole presents information on all horticultural sectors. Statistical tables provide, for each product, information on the number of operations, on seeded and harvested areas, output, marketing, prices, stocks in storage, and consumption. Comparisons with other provinces and Canada are also featured.
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