Federal government invests in organic industry

Fruit & Vegetable
January 31, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable
Canada’s organic agriculture industry is getting a $1.3-million boost from the federal government, aimed at helping accelerate the sector’s growth in Canada.

The funding, provided under the national Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Food (ACAAF) program,
includes $711,500 to help the industry’s major research arm at the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada in Truro, N.S., to better identify research needs and to more effectively communicate research results back to the sector.

An additional $565,900 will be used to develop a national sector organization – the Organic Federation of Canada – to bring together all players in the industry and raise awareness of the sector and to help with regulatory development.

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