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Deadline Extended for Expressions of Interest to Develop Vegetable Cold Storage

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government has expanded the deadline for Expressions of Interest to establish Cooperative Vegetable Cold Storage Facilities. The deadline has been extended to June 30.

The Provincial Government will consider proposals from individuals, producer cooperatives, or associations to establish up to four regional, cooperative vegetable cold storage and packing facilities in western, central and eastern Newfoundland, and in Labrador.

Access to adequate, certified cold storage facilities is vital for farmers to extend their marketing periods, meet wholesaler requirements for consistent quality and supply, and increase opportunities for secondary processing. Establishing cooperative cold storage facilities will give producers the infrastructure they need to increase production and improve vegetable quality and food self-sufficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Proponents may apply for funding through existing agricultural support programs such as the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program or Canadian Agricultural Partnership. More information is available at Expression of Interest: Development of Cooperative Vegetable Cold Storage Facilities.

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