Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 07, 2011 11:11 ET

Government of Canada Helping to Sprout New Market Opportunities for Bean Growers

HENSALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - Canadian bean farmers will benefit from innovative research to develop new bean varieties for Canadian and international markets. Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament, Huron-Bruce, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today that the Ontario Bean Producers' Marketing Board (OBPMB) is receiving $840,000 to develop new bean varieties that will improve crop yields and quality, as well as advance the Canadian dry bean industries in the global marketplace.

"Our Government's top priority is the economy and the agriculture industry plays a key role in driving economic prosperity of our farmers and all Canadians," said MP Lobb. "Beans offer up-and-coming market opportunities for farmers as consumer demand for healthy diet choices grows. This investment will help create bean varieties with higher levels of bacterial resistance that will reduce input costs, boost yields and help farmers remain competitive."

Three years ago, the Ontario Coloured Bean Growers Association, the OBPMB, the University of Guelph, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada began working together to develop a comprehensive Bean Breeding Program.

"We're pleased with this investment," says Grant Jones, chair of the research committee of the Ontario Bean Producers' Marketing Board. "It's a positive note for the industry as a whole and will create some great new initiatives."

"This DIAP funding strengthens the unique partnership between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the University of Guelph and bean growers in Ontario to broaden our research," said Dr. Peter Pauls, Chair of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. "This project will focus on improving agronomic performance, disease resistance, and cooking and processing qualities in new bean varieties."

Ontario produces about 60 percent of Canada's dry bean production. In 2010, beans provided $236 million from exports with $130 million from Ontario production.

This investment comes from the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative, under the federal-provincial, territorial Growing Forward framework. DIAP is part of the Agri-Innovations program, a $158 million five-year program announced to support industry-led science and technology projects.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz