OTTAWA, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's national poultry organizations
welcome the strong commitment of the Government of Canada and Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, to ensuring that there is a solid network of
agriculture research infrastructure across the country. Announcements
this week demonstrate the Canadian government's continued support for
As innovation is one of the keys to our success, Canada's poultry
industry shares the government's commitment to research. Research
allows our sectors to grow as we look for more and new ways to make our
products even better and to respond to evolving consumer preferences.
In recognition of the importance of research, the five national poultry
organizations established the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC)
in 2001, with a mandate to implement research that addresses current
and future needs of the poultry sectors. To date, CPRC members have
approved nearly $3.0 million in research funding through the CPRC.
"Canadian poultry and egg farmers have earned the trust of Canadians by
continually committing to programs in research, food safety and animal
care," said David Fuller, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada, "We will
continue to work closely with the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food, CPRC and other stakeholders to ensure that
we remain responsive to the needs of the industry, and innovative
through our ongoing support of poultry research."
Through CPRC, we coordinate and enhance the poultry research effort in
Canada, securing funding and establishing poultry research priorities.
The government support for the poultry agri-science cluster under the Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program has allowed CPRC to focus a critical mass of scientific resources on
the industry's priority issues. Bruce Roberts, CPRC's new Executive
Director, says, "CPRC looks forward to working with AAFC to strengthen
and deepen the poultry cluster."
"Research has always been a strong priority for poultry and egg
producers," said Jack Greydanus, Chair of the Canadian Hatching Egg
Producers, "We have always been in favour of science-based approaches
to improve our industries in a wide array of areas."
Canada's poultry farmers are supportive of new research and technologies
that will bring further improvements to our production systems and, by
extension, added value to the food chain and human health.
SOURCE CHICKEN FARMERS OF CANADA
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The five founding members of CPRC are:
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers
Chicken Farmers of Canada
Egg Farmers of Canada
Turkey Farmers of Canada
Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council