Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, and Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, at the Agriculture Expo in Corner Brook provided details on investments focused on growing the agriculture industry and supporting entrepreneurs through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Minister Byrne also provided details on projects approved under the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program which will also help strengthen and grow the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture sector.
To date, the Provincial and Federal Governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership have committed over $5.6 million for 87 projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. The projects focus on innovation, environmental sustainability and climate change, encouraging new entrants to the sector, secondary processing, food self-sufficiency and risk mitigation for the agriculture industry. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will provide $37 million over five years to the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture and agri-food industry.
The Provincial Government has also committed $2.75 million this year under the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program for land development and agriculture infrastructure. To date, $2.48 million of the total amount has been committed for 110 projects that support food self-sufficiency, increase agricultural growth, increase secondary processing and generate employment.