The Canada-Nova Scotia Maple Sector Initiative for the maple industry in Nova Scotia was announced by MP Bill Casey (Cumberland-Colchester) and Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Minister Keith Cowell on January 26, 2016 in Wolfville, NS. Also present for the announcement was MLA Keith Irving (Kings South). The Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia was represented by Drew Hunter (President) and Kevin McCormick (Past-President). The program will help maple producers in Nova Scotia recover from the devastating affects of the winter storms of February and March 2015.
MPANS estimates that 30 percent of the maple trees that are normally tapped in the province could not be tapped in 2015 because of the deep snow and the damage caused to collection systems. The taps that were installed and from which sap could be collected did not produce well. In fact, the 2015 yield/tap was one of the worst ever recorded in Nova Scotia. The costs that producers incurred attempting to prepare for the season were extremely high.
Maple producers in Nova Scotia need help, and this program is crucial to getting the maple operations back on their feet. The Ministers and staff of both federal and provincial departments of agriculture were very responsive and helpful and MPANS is very grateful for the support!