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The province will invest over $50,000 to help Nipissing farmers.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli shared the news this morning. He says the money will help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to various markets.
“This new partnership will go a long way in helping our local agricultural sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “These investments will provide an opportunity for Ontario farmers, processors, businesses, and sector organizations to innovate and grow.”
The funds are part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs commitment of nearly $8 million in cost-share funding to eligible farmers and agri-food businesses.
Included among the approximately 700 projects are 5 in Nipissing.
“Our farmers work tirelessly to supply the array of safe, high-quality agricultural products that feed our province, our country, and the world,” said the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “By making these strategic investments we are helping to improve the competitiveness of our agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability, especially during these difficult times.”
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, these initiatives will support improvements in areas such as enhanced traceability systems, upgraded animal-handling equipment, and strengthened biosecurity measures.
Examples of projects supported through this programming include:
Improving food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards;
Planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses;
Actions to help prevent pest damage at greenhouse operations;
Developing a product that will open new sales markets for a farm business; and
Upgrades to animal-handling equipment and improved biosecurity measures.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 2,500 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses, and sector organizations innovate and grow.