Agriculture & Winemaking

Agricultural operations are highly diversified across the region, and include winemaking, livestock rearing, fruit and vegetable production, organic farming, etc. Agriculture and the food production industry represent the largest economic sector in Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, with over 160,000 jobs.

The Region has developed a pro-active agricultural policy in order to enhance and add value to the largest sector of our regional economy

The Region offers a pro-active agricultural policy that aids in the establishment and development of farming operations. The SRDEII (Regional Blueprint for Economic development, Innovation and Internationalisation) has enriched its strategy with a dedicated section on Agriculture.
By placing agriculture at the heart of regional concerns in terms of economic development, the Region is giving due consideration to the economic sector that occupies half of our landmass.

The agricultural sector faces a number of challenges, including increased competition, health risk management, innovation, and natural constraints. Farmlands in our region boast diverse soil types, allowing for the development of various agricultural operations.
The Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée region is prioritising the use of its resources to guide and support livestock sectors affected by economic and/or health crises.
Emphasis is also being placed on the development of the organic sector, which is particularly strong in our region. €2.7 billion has been allocated to organic agriculture, to which will be added another €38 million as part of the EAFRD programme.

The Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée region is developing a pro-active policy in order to boost the agricultural sector, the region’s main economic breadbasket.

  • Pursuing and increasing financial aid for starting up and developing farming operations
  • Supporting organic agriculture and promoting officially-sanctioned quality labels
  • Supporting livestock sectors threatened by economic and/or health crises - creation of a poor weather programme
  • Supporting and promoting the winemaking sector
  • Supporting local distribution channels and localised agriculture
  • 2017 launch of the Foster Feader reserve fund for food production companies and winemaking operations
  • Supporting research and experimentation initiatives, and collective actions for sustainable agriculture

Key Facts:

  • 140,000 people active in the agricultural sector
  • In 2015, the region accounted for 40% of French grape production
  • 273,000 hectares of grapevines
  • 90 wines carrying the PDO or PGI label
  • Support provided for over 3,400 farming operations
  • 250 products carrying quality labels or protected geographical origin
  • €21.5 billion in revenues in the agriculture and food production sectors
  • France’s largest sheep farming region
  • The largest economic sector in Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
  • Second biggest region in France in terms of numbers of people employed in agriculture
  • Second biggest vegetable producing region