Maple syrup industry identified as growth opportunity

New Brunswick's agriculture minister says the province's maple syrup industry is an important part of the government's economic growth plan.

Rick Doucet says the industry is expanding and the government wants to help it grow, pointing out that the province recently allotted an additional 4,400 hectares of land for maple sugar production.

The government says New Brunswick has emerged as the world's third-largest producer of maple syrup, with an estimated two-million kilograms produced each year and exported to 60 countries.

About 2,300 seasonal and part-time workers are employed in the maple syrup sector.