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Canada: Govs invest in food safety projects

The Canada and Manitoba governments will invest nearly $1.5 million in 289 on-farm food safety projects, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced.

Manitoba farmers applied for funding to improve biosecurity, traceability, food safety and quality, and animal health practices on their farms. Governments provided up to 65 per cent of total eligible costs.

More than half of all projects (165) will take place on hog farms. Projects were also approved for beef (46), poultry (40) and bee (22) operations. Sixteen projects were funded on dairy, horticulture, grains and oilseeds and other livestock farms.

Projects are funded under Growing Forward 2's Growing Assurance – Food Safety On-Farm program. To be eligible, producers must have also implemented a national on-farm food safety program for their commodity.

The federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million in Manitoba under Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.

"Canadian farmers are globally recognized for producing safe and high quality products. Our government is proud to invest in projects like t32hese that help meet consumer demands and provide growth and prosperity opportunities for our farmers," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

For more information about Growing Assurance, click here - see under Strategic Initiatives.

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