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September 10, 2014 15:08 ET

Harper Government Invests in Research for Ginseng Sector to Improve Yields

SIMCOE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today announced an investment of $423,000 to the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association (OGGA) to help the industry boost productivity and profitability.

With this investment, the OGGA will address an industry priority: managing ginseng replant disease, which is the inability to grow a second, healthy crop of ginseng on land where it was previously produced. The OGGA will examine the factors that lead to the disease and study potential solutions to manage and/or reduce its effects. The focus will be on the evaluation of fungicides, the introduction of beneficial organisms and a comparison of replant and non-replant sites.

This project will complement work already underway through funding from Agriculture Canada's Pesticide Risk Reduction Program. That work is being conducted within the Department and is focussed on understanding factors which contribute to the disease, and on crop management practices.

Quick facts

  • Founded in 1989, the OGGA is a non-profit organization that supports research into new varieties of ginseng, new production methods and harvesting advances.

  • The Ontario ginseng industry exports an estimated $220 million worth of unprocessed, dried ginseng annually.

  • This investment is made through the Industry-led Research and Development stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Quotes

"The ginseng industry is an important contributor to the economy in Ontario and across Canada. This investment in research will drive growth and productivity, ensuring a bright future for our ginseng producers and the industry overall."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"The Ontario Ginseng Growers Association has helped put Haldimand-Norfolk on the map as the world's largest producer of North American ginseng. That means jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for our region, all priorities of the Harper Government. We are proud to support such a dynamic industry."

- The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk

"This AgriInnovation investment is very important for the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association. These funds, when matched with OGGA and industry partner dollars, enable continued research benefitting our 120 members. This specific project will address the number one issue threatening the Ontario ginseng industry's survival: replant disease. Ontario ginseng growers provide the highest-quality North American ginseng in the world, and we appreciate the assistance federal programs provide."

- Rebecca Coates, Executive Director of OGGA

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriInnovation Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Ontario Ginseng Growers Association

Contact Information

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

    Media Relations
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