The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada, announced an investment of up to $ 297,330 for the Prairie Organic Development Fund (FDPO) to enable farmers to adopt best practices in organic agricultural production. This funding will provide farmers with tools and support to incorporate organic farming practices that will help meet the growing demand for organic food in Canada.
This investment will help PODF implement its organic ingredients strategy in Canada, which transfers specialized skills, knowledge and best practices to existing organic farmers and those who wish to adopt more organic production methods. PODF will also raise awareness and promote understanding of the benefits of organic farming to help build public confidence in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food system.
“As consumer interest in organic food continues to grow, we must ensure that our farmers have the knowledge and skills to meet this growing demand. This investment will help develop the Canadian organic farming sector and meet market demands by providing support to farmers who wish to integrate more organic farming techniques into their operations, ”said Marie-Claude Bibeau.
Through this project, PODF will provide business extension and skills development tools to farmers across Canada through producer conferences and webinars, podcasts, online agronomic tools and training to support the adoption of best organic practices.
This initiative will help Canadian farmers benefit from increased knowledge and skills in organic farming methods, which can improve soil health and strengthen the resilience of farms to changing markets and climate change.
The Government of Canada has announced more than $ 550 million in new programs to improve sustainability and mitigate climate change. This includes the Living Laboratories program of Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS), which creates a pan-Canadian network of regional collaborations made up of farmers, scientists and other sector stakeholders to engage in co-development, evaluation and adoption of beneficial management practices to better store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
GBA also includes the On-Farm Climate Action Fund component, which will encourage more farmers to adopt and implement beneficial management practices that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase sequestration of the soil. carbon in the areas of nitrogen management, cover crops and rotational grazing. It also includes the Clean Technology for Agriculture Program, which supports the adoption and development of cleaner and more energy efficient equipment, including grain dryers, in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
“This investment will accelerate the adoption of organic best practices among farmers and increase the supply and quality of organic grains, fruits and vegetables and livestock, thereby promoting the expansion of the Canadian organic food processing sector.” The development of the organic sector creates opportunities for Canadian farmers and processors to meet the growing demand for organic food at home and abroad, ”said Marla Carlson, Program Manager, Prairie Organic Development Fund.
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