Normandy is a farming region with multiple facets between the breeding regions (bovines for milk and meat, pork, poultry and rabbits, sheep and horses) and the culture zones (cereal and oil and protein-rich plants, flax, beets, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, and horticulture).
With 600 kilometers of coasts, Normandy is one of the most important areas for shellfish farming (oysters and mussels). The region is also a large fishing zone.
Agriculture in Normandy is:
- 35 374 farms with an average size of 56 hectares,
- 43 423 farmers and co-farmers
- 70% of the Normandy territory, or more than 2 million hectares (Normandy is the French region with the largest agricultural surface)
- An agricultural product (not including aid or service activities) equaling 4 billion euros.
After the agricultural sector, the food processing industry in Normandy is:
- 35 100 jobs or 17% of industrials jobs in the region
- 830 food-processing companies
- 2 billion euros in revenue
For numerous productions, Normandy is the top French region:
- #1 region for production of cow’s milk cheese, fresh cow’s milk cheese, cow’s milk soft rind cheese, Camembert,
- #1 region for production of butter and cream
- #1 region for production of cider apples and cider products
- #1 region for production of linen textile
- #1 region in number of horses
For numerous years, Normandy farmers have been active in quality processes. Some propose to their clients a large choice of products with official indicators of quality and origin. In Normandy, there are 13 PDO (dairy and cider products, lamb) and numerous Label Rouge labels (bovine meat, poultry and eggs, dairy products, vegetables, sea products). Normandy counts more than 1 000 farms with Organic Agriculture (milk and dairy products, meat and poultry, eggs, cider, cereal, fruits and vegetables, honey…).
But Normandy agriculture is also…
Rural countryside to discover in a protected environment.
In addition to agricultural raw materials, farmers also have other activities: they are actively involved in environmental protection and water conservation processes and contribute to the valorization and maintaining of landscapes and rural planning.