In the Orne, there are almost 4,000 working farms representing nearly 10,000 jobs (farm owners and employees), i.e. almost 9% of employment in the department. In fact, the Orne is ranked 8th in France.

14% of the department's inhabitants work in the agricultural sector

work in the agricultural sectorIf we add the 4,680 jobs generated in the food processing industry, the share of the active population involved in agriculture and the related sectors in the Orne comes to 14%. In fact, agriculture and food processing together make up the leading economic sector in the Orne.

In the 1980s, cash crops (cereals, oilseeds, protein crops) covered larger areas and gave greater yields. This growth slowed after the reforms to the CAP in 1992 and in 2000. Since then, surface areas and yields have pretty much stabilised.

Farm diversification

Farm diversificationCattle still provide the basis for the two main products from the Orne - milk and beef. This said, the cattle population is mainly dairy and has tended to decline since the introduction of dairy quotas. Agriculture in the Orne has adapted to market requirements and has diversified to include poultry, sheep and pigs, along with saddle horses and race horses.

Orne Council provides aid worth €4 million per year to the agricultural sector, with the following objectives in view:

  • support for the installation of young farmers,
  • support for farmers experiencing difficulties
  • a modernisation scheme for livestock buildings (known as the PMBE) housing poultry, cattle, horses, sheep and goats.
  • the renovation of cider orchards
  • environmental protection (the environment sustainability plan or PVE).
  • animal health protection
  • the promotion of local agriculture through the organisation of agricultural shows.

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