Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 13, 2006 09:48 ET

AAFC/New Facility Announced to Support Agricultural Research

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - Canada's New Government is investing $3.6 million in a new research support building being constructed at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Potato Research Centre, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac , New Brunswick made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

"The research done in the centre provides invaluable support for the growth and prosperity of our agriculture and agri-food industry," said Mr. Allen. "This addition will allow us to broaden and further that fine work that benefits all Canadians."

"My department is committed to finding innovative ways of serving the Canadian public more sensibly, rapidly and economically and to helping the Government of Canada carry out its activities more effectively," said the Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

The building will support field research activities by providing an area for processing soil samples, an area for processing plant samples, and an area for general activities which includes bulk potato storage, space for tuber washing and grading, and space for constructing field instruments.

Public Works and Government Services Canada put the project out to tender in early February 2006 and the winning bid was Simpson Building Contractors of Fredericton.

The facility will be over 1,000 square metres in size and will be known as the Programs Building. It is being constructed on the research centre property behind the main research building. Funding for the project is part of the AAFC Major Capital Plan established in 2003-2004.

Construction of the building is expected to be completed early in 2007.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary