Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Alberta

Government of Alberta

June 23, 2011 11:41 ET

Agriculture Producers to Benefit from Crop Pest Monitoring System

"Crop Pest Surveillance System" Receives Funding from AgriFlexibility Program

CARSTAIRS, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2011) - The federal and provincial governments announced today an investment of more than $3.3 million towards the Crop Pest Surveillance System. The industry is also contributing a total of $1.8 million to this initiative, which will help protect crops by ensuring early detection and identification of harmful or economically significant plant insects, diseases, weeds or other pests that are naturally occurring or accidentally introduced into Alberta.

"With this funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan, Alberta's producers will benefit from a new centralized, coordinated approach to pest surveillance and response," said Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This new approach will lend to quicker action and will help producers ensure the high quality of their crops and livestock."

"Early pest detection and a timely, comprehensive response are essential to protecting primary crop and livestock production," said Jack Hayden, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Alberta. "This system helps minimize economic impacts to protect Alberta's natural resources, and enhances pest detection for producers."

The Crop Pest Surveillance System initiative integrates current resources from government, municipalities, Agricultural Service Boards and industry to create a comprehensive system for surveillance, response mechanisms and information sharing that will allow for more effective controls.

This initiative provides Alberta's producers with a pest surveillance system that is consistent with international standards. It also provides producers with a single point of contact for reporting and receiving pest information and enhances the integration, sharing, utilization and retention of information.

AgriFlexibility funding has been instrumental in the implementation of new initiatives that will help the agriculture sector adapt to pressures and improve its competitiveness by funding projects that reduce production costs, improve environmental sustainability, promote innovation and respond to market challenges. For more information on the Agricultural Flexibility Fund visit www.agr.gc.ca/agriflexibility.

Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Ag Media Line
    Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
    780-422-1005
    To call toll-free within Alberta dial
    310-0000

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Paul Laflamme
    Branch Head
    Pest Surveillance Branch
    Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
    780-422-4911