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French Government wants to double Organic Farming by 2017

June 7, 2013

From: LAJOURNEEVINICOLE.COM| 07/06/2013

France is one of the world’s leading producers of organic wines and the French authorities are determined to keep it that way. A new strategic plan – Ambition Bio 2017 – was presented by Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll last week.

The plan, which relates to all agricultural sectors, aims to double areas farmed organically over the next four years. France already boasts 64,792 hectares of organically-farmed vineyards, both certified and in the process of being certified, and has 4,926 organic wine estates. The latest figures for 2012 were released last week by nationwide organic agency Agence Bio. The area under vine rose by 6 percent last year whilst the number of organic estates increased by 5 percent. This equates to almost 8 percent of total vineyard area. An additional one hundred wine growers began the certification process this year. Despite continued progress though, the figures reveal that in 2012, growth slowed: the area under vine surged by 21 percent in 2011 and just 6 percent last year. The strategic plan should provide new impetus for growth by sounding out new markets, providing more detailed market intelligence, making changes to regulations and boosting French consumption of organic products.

 

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