A CNRS international biological research centre specializing in biodiversity. Hemp, timber and mudbrick sectors : all the way from eco-construction to eco-construction
Land of Art and History. Pays Mellois : a place to enjoy, rich in its natural environment and soaked in history : 7 major centres, 28 romanesque churches, 51 nationally listed sites. Zoodyssée, the animal park : first tourist destination in Deux-Sèvres
Pays Mellois - cereal country and a hub of agricultural co-operatives (milk,meat,cereals). Products with a strong regional indentity - chabichou goats' milk cheese, tourteau fromager.
The building sector, very strongly represented in Pays Mellois, is renowned for its expertise in green building and renewable energy.
Many farm-to-food businesses including butchery and meat processing, manufacture of milk products, baking (bread and pâtisserie), manufacture of food ingredients. A varied chemical industry
Pays Mellois : a tourism hub, branded Pays d'Art et d'Histoire (Land of Art and History). 8 campsites and 6 hotels.
130 bed-and-breakfast rooms, 200 hotel beds, 500 furnished rooms.
Major tourist sites attracting 2,000 to 60,000 visitors a year.
400 wholesale and retail businesses with 43,000 m² retail space.
A varied commercial sector from village shops to large supermarkets