Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 06, 2014 16:18 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improving Vegetable Produce

WENDAKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 6, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment of $411,627 to Productions en Régie Intégrée du Sud de Montréal (PRISME) to improve the quality and safety of vegetable produce.

This support from the AgriInnovation Program's Research & Development stream will help PRISME better identify pests and evaluate produce resistance to fungicide to improve the productivity and profitability of vegetable farms.

PRISME will also partner with Bishop's University on the Delia fly pest project. Bishop's University today presented the results of their research on pests in vegetable crops at the Société d'entomologie du Québec's annual meeting in Wendake.

This investment builds on previous support from AAFC to one of PRISME's member associations, Compagnie de recherches Phytodata, of close to $1.2M under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative, to conduct DNA-based monitoring studies for often "invisible" fungal diseases in potatoes, grapes, and greenhouse tomatoes.

Quick Facts

  • PRISME is a not-for-profit association of growers and consultants operating mainly in the Montérégie region, and yielding a large part of Quebec's produce production.
  • Damage caused by the Delia fly pest to vegetable crops in Canada is estimated at $100M per year.
  • AAFC scientists will work with industry partners to develop new DNA-based tools to improve the management of fungicide resistance.
  • The AgriInnovation Program is a five-year, up to $698 million program under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework, and is designed to accelerate the pace of innovation by supporting research and development activities in the agriculture sector.

Quotes

"The vegetable sector is an important contributor to the growth of Canada's economy. Our government is proud to support innovative DNA-based technology that will ensure the industry remains competitive in the global market."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Thanks to the financial assistance received from Agri-Innovation and our partners, we are pleased to be working on the development of new tools that will enable Canadian producers to deal more effectively with two major horticultural problems: crop damage caused by maggots (Delia spp.) and the development of fungicide resistance."

- Pascal Guérin

Chairman of Productions en Régie Intégrée du Sud de Montréal

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

AgriInnovation Program - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

PRISME

Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
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    Contact at PRISME
    Lynda Roberge
    Director General
    450-454-3992, extension 22