Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 09, 2011 10:50 ET

Green Agriculture Research Gets a Boost from the Government of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2011) - Canadian farmers will benefit from enhanced profitability through green technology thanks to a partnership involving the Government of Canada, industry and universities across Canada. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment of nearly $2 million to McGill University to study and develop greenhouse gas mitigation practices for water management systems.

"Our Government's top priority is the economy, and Canada's agriculture industry plays a vital role in helping to keep our economy strong," said Minister Paradis. "This research will lead to improved economic and environmental sustainability for the Canadian agricultural sector."

McGill University will use the investment to study the greenhouse gas-related effects of various irrigation and drainage production systems for horticultural crops in Eastern Canada. Results of this research will provide farmers with state-of-the-art agricultural water management technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance economic competitiveness.

"It is important that agriculture be conducted in a way that reduces the effects of soil, water and air pollution," said Dr. Chandra Madramootoo, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. "Innovative agricultural practices can contribute to carbon sequestration and the reduction of greenhouse gases. Our project involves working with producers in Eastern Canada and applying such practices, which will enhance the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture, while at the same time protecting the environment."

Funding for this project is through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AAGP), a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The AGGP will provide funding to various partners across Canada to investigate innovative mechanisms, tools and approaches to provide real solutions for the agriculture sector.

The AGGP represents Canada's initial contribution to the Global Research Alliance, an international network of more than 30 member-countries that will coordinate and increase agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and make new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers. For more information on the Global Research Alliance, visit www.globalresearchalliance.org/

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