Canadian gov invests in organic farming

21-08-2008 | |

The Canadian government is providing organic farmers with the support they need to tap into new and locally-based markets.

A $258,100 investment has been announced by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz which will support the organic industry while they grow to meet increasing consumer demand for organic products.
“Increasingly, families at home and around the globe are choosing to buy organic food,” said Minister Ritz. “The government is committed to supporting our farmers as they seize these new market opportunities.”
Funding for the project, called Growing Up Organic, is being provided to the Canadian Organic Growers Inc. (COG) through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s national Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program (ACAAF).
“Through this initiative, government, farmers and industry are ensuring the continued growth of the agricultural sector, and a vibrant future for organic farming in Canada,” said Laura Telford, Executive Director of COG.
Through the ACAAF program, which began in 2004, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has provided more than $7.2 mln to 74 organic projects.


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