Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 19, 2008 17:04 ET

Government of Canada Improves Assistance to Golden Nematode Disaster Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, today announced improvements to the Golden Nematode Disaster Program which will provide more flexible and responsive support to affected potato farmers in the St-Amable area of Quebec.

"We have listened to potato farmers and we are taking action to help them deal with the immediate transition costs incurred," said Mr. Paradis. "This support is necessary so that farmers can continue operating their farms and move forward."

Program improvements mean farmers will receive direct payments to cover a range of extraordinary costs they have incurred as a result of the discovery of golden nematode and the measures introduced by the government to control the spread of the pest.

The changes also incorporate an affected farm outside of the original boundary established by the program. This farm will now be eligible for all components of the Golden Nematode Disaster Program.

The Government of Canada is working with affected growers and the Province to find solutions for the mid to long term.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Secretary of State
    Mark Quinlan
    Director of Communications