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Ontario supports pilot loan guarantee program for ginseng growers


March 21, 2022
By Government of Ontario

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The Ontario government is supporting the creation of an industry-led pilot loan guarantee program to assist the province’s ginseng farmers in sustaining and growing their business.

The $130 million, three-year commitment to back the Ginseng Storage Loan Guarantee Pilot Program enables participating farmers to borrow up to $1 million against the value of their stored crops, with the government guaranteeing up to 25 per cent of any loan portion that cannot be repaid.

“The ginseng industry is an important part of the agri-foods sector in Ontario, and the development of this programming is the result of months of discussions with our ginseng farmers about how we can help them given their unique growing cycle,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “The new Ginseng Storage Loan Guarantee Pilot Program will help stabilize and strengthen ginseng operations, ensure their long-term economic viability and growth, and provide a boost for the communities where they grow this world-renowned crop.”

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This financing will help farmers make investments to sustain and grow their business, and to cover operational costs during a challenging period in which the sector has seen its cash receipts decrease from $271.5 million in 2015 to $131.9 million in 2020. This support comes on the heels of a difficult time, during which ginseng producers have been affected by unfavourable weather conditions, trade barriers, COVID-19 and other factors that presented a unique set of challenges.

The program will launch on April 1 and will be delivered and financed by the Agricultural Credit Corporation, which also delivers the Commodity Loan Guarantee program.