Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 02, 2011 08:59 ET

Government of Canada Supports Apple Research in the Maritimes

KENTVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) - Maritime apple growers will be able to better adapt to changing growing conditions and produce high-quality apples for consumers here and around the world, thanks to the latest investment in research by the Government of Canada. Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of more than $226,000 to the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association for research focused on apple quality in the orchard.

"The Government of Canada is helping growers stay competitive and continue to deliver the high-quality apples they are known for and that are demanded by consumers here at home and around the world," said MP Armstrong. "We will continue to support science and innovation in the apple industry and across the entire agriculture industry so that our farmers and producers can continue to grow their top-quality products and help drive our economy."

The funding will make the Maritime apple industry more competitive and increase the profitability of farmers by studying fruit maturity and quality and helping growers adapt to changing weather patterns. Apples continue to be important to the Maritime economy. In 2010, the region produced 37,724 metric tonnes of apples worth $14.1 million at the farm gate.

"This is good news for the apple industry," said Michael Walsh, President Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association. "A main goal of this project is making the NS apple industry a better managed, more efficient and more profitable industry, and this investment makes that possible."

Over the next three years, researchers from the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association will work collaboratively with researchers at the Atlantic Food and Horticultural Research Centre in Kentville to study how weather impacts the maturity and quality of new high-value apple varieties.

"We are pleased to contribute to this project that supports and encourages innovation to increase the competitiveness and profitability of Nova Scotia's apple industry," said Charles Keddy, Vice Chair Agri-Futures Nova Scotia, which delivers adaptation funding in Nova Scotia.

This investment is from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year (2009-2014), $163-million program that enables producers to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues, and test solutions to new and ongoing issues. Agri-Futures Nova Scotia is responsible for delivering the CAAP program in Nova Scotia.

The Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan, coupled with other Government of Canada programs and initiatives such as CAAP, continues to help farmers by focusing on creating jobs and strengthening the economy. Investments in new and emerging market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy for the future.

To learn more about the CAAP programs and Agri-Futures Nova Scotia visit their website at www.agri-futures.ns.ca.

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