Canadian Government invests in organic farming
The Government of Canada 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.
â€œIncreasingly, families at home and around the globe
are choosing to buy organic food,â€ said Minister Ritz. â€œThe Government is
committed to supporting our farmers as they seize these new market
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
â€œThrough this initiative, government, farmers and
industry are ensuring the continued growth of the agricultural sector, and a
vibrant future for organic farming in Canada,â€ 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 million to 74
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