CropLife Canada and Canadian Horticultural Council applaud government's commitment to delivering new innovative pest management technology to farmers



    SASKATOON, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Today, CropLife Canada and the Canadian
Horticultural Council applauded the federal government's recent announcement
of $2.87 million to help improve growers' access to innovative crop protection
products and technologies and pest management strategies.
    "The announcement clearly highlights the government's commitment to
innovation in agriculture and more specifically helping to provide solutions
to farmers needs," said Peter MacLeod, CropLife Executive Director.
    CropLife Canada has worked with farmers, industry and government to
ensure Canada's regulatory framework is world-class in human health and
environmental protection but also ensuring farmers have access to innovative
pest control products.
    "We are committed to delivering innovative, lower risk products to
farmers," highlighted MacLeod. "Our members' products are contributing to
improving human health and welfare, conserving natural ecosystems and ensuring
an abundant supply of food, and the government's commitment is key to help
ensuring farmers' access to these products."
    "Today's farmers compete on a global basis and need equal access to the
tools available in other countries including new, safer products," said Anne
Fowlie, Executive Vice President, Canadian Horticulture Council. "Much
progress has been made in dealing with this issue that hinders Canadian
farmers' ability to be competitive and sustainable, but more work is needed,"
added Fowlie.

    (*) The recent announcement from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's
Pesticides Risk Reduction Program awarded 39 research projects a total of
$2.7 million in funding. The funding will be dispersed over three years to
university, government, provincial and private researchers across the country.
AAFC's Pesticide Risk Reduction Program is dedicated to helping growers
protect their investments from weed, insect and plant disease problems. The
program encourages risk reduction solutions through a variety of pest
management practices that are environmentally sound and economically feasible.

    (*) News release, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release September
17, 2007, www.agr.gc.ca/prrmup.

    CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations - pest control
products and plant biotechnology - for use in agriculture, urban and public
health settings.

    The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit,
national association with a long and proud history of representing the dynamic
and diverse sector of Canadian agriculture known as horticulture. The CHC has
been committed to promoting the interests of its members since 1922.





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For further information: Kristina Fixter, Director, Communications, P:
(416) 471-7200, E: Fixterk@croplife.ca

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