Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 19, 2005 11:51 ET

AAFC: Quebec Agricultural Producers Receive $3.686 Million to Improve Water Quality

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - July 19, 2005) - An agreement to provide $3.686 million in federal funding to improve water quality on Quebec's farms was announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Yvon Vallieres, and Laurent Pellerin, Chair of the Conseil pour le developpement de l'agriculture du Quebec (CDAQ) and President of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). This initiative is part of the implementation of the collective component of the Greencover Canada program.

With funding through 2008, Greencover Canada supports the adoption of beneficial management practices (BMPs) that protect water quality in Quebec.

The assistance will make it possible to implement BMPs to control bank erosion by establishing riparian buffer strips, stabilizing gullies and banks, and establishing shelterbelts along watercourses. In addition, producers will be able to benefit from consulting services to assess the health of riparian areas.

The Greencover Canada program will be administered by CDAQ with support from a program committee consisting of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the UPA, and federal and provincial environment departments.

"I am pleased with the partnership that has been established in Quebec to help producers better manage our land and water resources for the benefit of all Canadians," Minister Mitchell said. "This agreement provides Quebec producers with additional tools that will enable them to achieve their environmental performance objectives."

"I am convinced that this program will contribute to the achievement of the agri-environmental objectives set in Quebec and that it will, in concrete terms, support the important efforts that have already been deployed by Quebec producers to improve the quality of watercourses in agricultural areas and also of biodiversity," said Minister Vallieres.

"Thanks to this program, producers will receive direct financial support that will enable them to cover a portion of the investments they are making in a large number of projects to protect our resources," Mr. Pellerin said. "The fact that this program is being administered by CDAQ, an organization that is very close to the agriculture sector and able to set priorities in accordance with sector needs, is an unquestionable advantage and a guarantee of success."

Working together under the Agricultural Policy Framework, governments and industry are aiming to accelerate efforts to reduce agricultural risks and provide benefits to Canada's water resources, soil, air and biodiversity. To this end, the Canada-Quebec Implementation Agreement provides $74.25 million through to 2008 for environmental farm planning as well as the implementation of beneficial management practices.

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