Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Agriculture has traditionally been a dominant land use and economic force in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Agriculture and agriculturally related businesses generate significant economic activity through direct and indirect employment and through the buying and selling of products, goods and services.

The major commodity groups, based on percentage of total gross farm receipts, include cattle (beef & dairy), wheat/grain and oilseed and sheep and goat. The physical characteristics of the area lend themselves to livestock operations, the dairy sector benefits from access to a strongly established agricultural service network and the terrain dictates smaller field sizes which support mixed operations.

The importance of agriculture in Kawartha Lakes is clearly illustrated by the fact that for each one dollar reduction in the output of any of the top five commodity groups there will be, at minimum, a two dollar reduction in total regional economic output. Any industry with a multiplier in the neighbourhood of 2.0 should qualify for significant policy attention. Agriculture and its various components all possess such multipliers. This confirms that the industry represents a key sector in the regional economy.

The agricultural economy in Kawartha Lakes is made up not only of farms (primary producers) but also of businesses associated with agriculture. These businesses are providers of agriculturally related goods and services or processors of agricultural product and include manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of agricultural products. Although not involved in primary production, these businesses are an integral part of the agricultural economy. The Kawartha Lakes area is well serviced by farm service industries such as feed and farm supply, large animal veterinarians, farm equipment and services. In fact, the comprehensive nature of the service sector is striking.

There is a strong well-established agricultural tradition that has evolved from, and reflects the historic development of the area. The agri-business network that supports the industry is strong and comprehensive and serves a market much larger than the Kawartha Lakes area.

An Agricultural Impact and Development Study was completed in 2006 and has been followed by the Kawartha Lakes Agricultural Action Plan released in the fall of 2010.

For Further information regarding the agricultural sector, please contact:

Email Kelly Maloney, Agriculture Development Officer, 705-324-9411 Ext. 1208



180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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