Governments Supporting Economic Recovery of Farmers in Niagara WestPublished on July 23, 2021
Beamsville - The Governments of Ontario and Canada are investing $7.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help support farmers and agri-food businesses. The investment will fund projects in priority areas that increase food safety, accelerate sector innovation and help farmers bring new products to market to grow their businesses.
Eight local farm projects are being supported in Niagara West with total funding of $66,157.55.
"This is a critical investment for a number of farm families across our region," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
"Raised on a local farm, I understand the long hours and hard work it takes to produce safe and high-quality food."
The funding supports more than 600 cost-shared projects across the province that strengthen Ontario's agri-food sector by helping eligible farmers in over 270 communities.
"Supporting Ontario's farmers and agri-food businesses to be more competitive by increasing their ability to innovate is key to strengthening the agri-food sector," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister.
"Building resiliency within our agri-food sector will help keep our province's food supply strong and more able to adapt to challenges in the future."
Positive outcomes of projects funded under this intake include:
- Improvement of food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed national and international certification standards;
- Development of products that will open new sales markets for farm businesses for example, a new organic pepper product to expand markets or developing maple butter as a new, value-added farm product;
- Planting cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses over winter;
- Increasing preventative measures to help reduce pest damage at greenhouse operations; and
- Upgrades to animal-handling equipment to improve animal welfare and reduce disease transmission on livestock farms.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed over $100 million in cost-share support to more than 5,000 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.