ST. JOHN'S, July 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to working with agricultural industry partners and the private sector to develop new risk management tools that help farmers to be resilient and grow their businesses.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in St. John's today to announce a $365,291 investment for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA) to develop a comprehensive consultation process to identify all the risks associated with farming in the province, potentially including production, financial, labour, market, transportation and climate change risks. Once completed, the risk assessment will form the basis for future programs and initiatives that will improve the resilience and growth of the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture sector.
"We are excited to be partnering with the NLFA to identify and address the risks farmers in Newfoundland and Labrador face every day. This investment helps support the continued expansion of the agriculture industry in the province, leading to economic growth, good jobs and a stronger middle class."
- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"The Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture industry is grateful for the Government of Canada's investment in our sector. We have a vibrant agriculture industry in this province, and we must identify and address the key risks that farmers are facing in order to grow our industry, revitalize our rural economy, and increase our province's food self-sufficiency."
- Mervin Wiseman, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation Agriculture
- Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture is a not for profit organization which represents farmers and farmer groups in the province.
- This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) which supports the research and development as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector. AgriRisk is a Growing Forward 2, Business Risk Management initiative.
- Newfoundland and Labrador's gross farm receipts in 2016 were $130 million. This represents a 1.3% increase from 2012. At the national level, there was an 8.9% increase in farm cash receipts for the same period.
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For further information: Guy Gallant, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, 613-773-1059; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-773-7972, 1-866-345-7972; Mervin Wiseman, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, 709-689-5735, firstname.lastname@example.org