to reveal the diversity of local agricultural sectors
There are many agricultural sectors that make up the richness of our island’s livestock, and each of them has its own cooperative, the goal of which is to create a reliable, structured, robust and sustainable sector. All these agricultural sectors on the island will participate in the Miel Vert event from January 6-15, 2023. A brief overview…
CPLR for rabbit breeders
Founded in 1981 by rabbit producers from Reunion, the Reunion Rabbit Producers Cooperative (CPLR) unites rabbit breeders to pool tools and services for the production of rabbit meat.
About twenty producers are members of the cooperative, which supports project leaders who want to create to renew generations and pass on know-how.
CPLR operates in short circuit in the Reunion territory thanks to the integration of slaughtering, processing and marketing activities.
OVICAP: management of sheep and goats
SICA OVICAP was established in 2012 to manage the organized production of small cattle (sheep and goats). Purpose: to carry out harvesting, slaughtering, transportation, processing and marketing operations.
In 2020, there were 58 sheep farmers and 33 goat breeders in the sector.
In sheep farming, a typical farm consists of 120 ewes, 36 replacement lambs and 6 rams. The target productivity is 1.8 lambs per ewe per year. Goat farms consist of about thirty female goats for an annual productivity of 1.9 head per goat.
CPPR for the pork sector
Founded in 1974 by a small nucleus of 14 breeders, CPPR (Reunion Pork Producers Cooperative) is at the beginning of the organization and development of the pig industry on the island. CPPR has structured itself to create a fully integrated agricultural sector that creates jobs for the island.
Short closing allows the cooperative to obtain a balanced quality-price ratio between the purchase price to breeders and the selling price to consumers. A win-win model for growers and consumers.
SICA REVIA: cattle with great care
SICA Réunion Viande (SICA REVIA) brings together 330 beef farmers responsible for 94% of local production in Réunion. This agricultural cooperative is responsible for the sustainable development of farms, the marketing and development of the meat produced.
At SICA REVIA, there are about thirty employees who are familiar with the situation of cattle breeding in Réunion and who respond to a great ambition: to produce quality meat that meets the expectations of consumers, allowing breeders to live a decent life with their profession.
SICALAIT: local dairy authority
Scalait (Société Intérêt Collectif Agricole du Lait), founded in 1962 by Reunionese dairy farmers, is an agricultural cooperative that organizes the production and collection of milk in Reunion.
49 dairy farms on the island produce more than 17 million liters of milk per year. Domestic production of fresh milk covers 20% of market demand.
Sicalait has started an extensive modernization plan since 2016: between 2020 and 2022, 22 warehouses have been modernized or built; is experimenting with the local production of maize fodder to increase the grass share in cows, and technical support to breeders aims to increase the quantity and quality of pei milk.
VALAVIE: production of organic fertilizers for local producers
Valavie recovers and transforms all of Aviferme’s chicken droppings to make Ferticcycle and Terla organic fertilizers. Ferticycle fertilizers are designed for farmers on the island to fertilize cultivated land, sugarcane, grassland and market garden. Terla fertilizers are designed for private individuals to beautify Reunionese gardens and balconies.
AVIFERME: collection and sale of eggs
Aviferme is an egg farm located in the Plaine des Cafres for 60 years and Kocot is the Aviferme brand responsible for collecting all the eggs from six independent producers and selling them in various supermarkets on the island. Kokot is a brand committed to the sustainable development of the island. Its breeders produce organic, free-range and fresh eggs.
URCOOPA: the sacred union of producers
Terra Coop, the North East Agricultural Cooperative (CANE), the Reunion Pig Producers Cooperative (CPPR) and Sicalait decided to jointly develop animal nutrition activities in 1982 and created Urcoopa (Union Reunionnaise Agricultural Cooperatives). Urcoopa’s goal is to provide the farms on the island with technical, economic and social conditions, and to provide them with a decent and sustainable income while protecting the environment.
ADPECR: Promotion of Cabri Boer in Reunion
The departmental association for the promotion and breeding of the Boer goat in Reunion (ADPECR) was founded in 1995 by 5 members. Today it has 70 members. Farms range from small farms (between 10 and 15 goats on average) to larger farms (between 20 and 50 goats). There are also several farms with between 50 and 100 goats all over the island.
GDS: health professions organisation
The health protection group (GDS Réunion) is an association of breeders with more than 1,770 members, represented by a dozen breeders and about forty employees in the animal health department.
As a health organization, GDS Réunion participates in the state-led CROPSAV (regional committee for animal and plant health policy guidance).
GDS Reunion also provides free technical and scientific monitoring, as well as access to training and information.
SAR: promotion of beekeeping profession
The mission of the Syndicat Apicole de La Reunion (SAR) is to promote and promote the beekeeping profession as well as the hive products. In order to defend the interests of beekeepers and the sector and ensure the protection of beekeeping, AR participates in the training of beekeepers.
The conservation and development of the island’s endemic nectariferous resources is the mission of SAR, which is involved in the Endémiel project with the commune of Le Tampon. SAR belongs to the French National Association of Apiculture and actively participates in the “Beekeeper of the Environment” program.
Evelyne Robert’s Sheep Farm
“L’agneau de campagne” is a family sheep farm whose general manager is Evelyne Carole Robert. The farm brings together independent growers who value direct sales and short-selling. It is moving into direct sales of sheep meat through its own slaughterhouse. The goal of the farm is to produce rural sheep meat with high taste value from the breeder to the consumer.
ARP: consulting and development in feed production
The Association Réunionnaise de Pastoralisme (ARP) is an advisory and agricultural development organization specialized in fodder production. For more than 40 years, ARP has been carrying out advisory and training activities with ruminant farms (cattle, sheep, goats) on the island, conducting feed trials in cooperation with CIRAD and players in the “breeding” world.
ARP has a grass breeding observatory and is equipped with a fodder analysis laboratory. The herbivore livestock sectors (cattle, sheep, goats and horses) unite about 2,500 breeders in Réunion, with more than 50,000 animals and feedlots covering about 11,000 hectares. The development of fodder production is a major challenge for agriculture in Réunion.
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