FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 22, 2013) - The dairy, wine, and microbrewery sectors in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will grow with the support of the Harper Government. Member of Parliament Mike Allen (Tobique-Mactaquac), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced the investment today at the New Brunswick Agricultural Council's Annual General Meeting.
"Our government's top priority is economic growth, and there continues to be great potential in the New Brunswick and PEI agriculture and food industries to grow the economy and create new jobs," said MP Allen. "These projects will help the provinces' dairy, wine, and brewery sectors find new markets through innovation and help make our producers more profitable."
An investment of over $100,000 will allow Milk 2020, a not-for-profit organization owned by the dairy producers and processors of New Brunswick, to undertake a market research study to identify bioproducts, functional foods, and milk ingredients that could help New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island milk producers capitalize on a growing demand for new health-orientated milk products.
"This project will allow both the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island dairy industries to be proactive in researching new technologies and developing new value-added products to expand the use and value of milk," said Milk 2020 Chairman Jim Walker. "It will strengthen the region's ability to remain competitive on the national and international dairy scene."
The New Brunswick Grape Grower's Association will receive an investment of $50,000 to conduct a marketing study to grow and develop the wine industry in New Brunswick based on an analysis of its business and competitive environment.
"Over the past decades, we have proven that we are capable of growing grapes and producing good quality wines in New Brunswick," said David Craw, President of the New Brunswick Grape Grower's Association. "This funding will help us recognize marketing opportunities, strengthen our organization, and help move our industry forward."
A third investment of over $45,000 will help the Atlantic Grains Council gauge the suitability of using western Canadian malting barley varieties grown in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for beer making.
"Malting barley could be a good fit for farmers in eastern Canada looking for new crops to grow," said Allan Ling, President of the Atlantic Grain Council. "First we need research on the right varieties to grow. This project is a step toward that and building our own malt industry."
These projects are being funded under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year, $163-million initiative to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. The New Brunswick Agricultural Council delivers CAAP in New Brunswick.
For more information about the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, please visit the Program website, www.agr.gc.ca/caap.
Information about the New Brunswick Agricultural Council is available at www.nbac-canb.com.