Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 09, 2014 15:58 ET

Harper Government Invests to Grow Canadian Seed Sector

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - July 9, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of over $836,000 to the Canadian Seed Growers' Association to develop a rapid data management system for seed crop certification.

The new data management system, developed in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, replaces the three-part paper forms of the past allowing licensed seed crop inspectors to submit reports electronically, sometimes straight from the field, saving time and money. This modernized seed crop certification tool ensures the continued production of high-quality, variety-specific seed and provides assurance that seeds are produced, inspected and graded in accordance with established standards.

Quick facts

  • Established in 1904, the Canadian Seed Growers' Association is a not-for-profit organization representing approximately 4,000 seed growers.
  • The Canadian seed industry exports approximately $330 million of high-quality seed to some 70 countries around the world.
  • This investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Quotes

"The seed sector is the basis for all crop production in Canada. Having a modernized seed certification system in place will provide markets with reliable access to consistently high-quality seed varieties and ensure that Canadian seeds remain competitive both domestically and internationally."

- Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski

"We're committed to alternative service delivery for seed crop inspection in Canada, while maintaining the integrity and reputation Canada has developed with certified seed. As an example of this progress to date, we've gone from very few seed crop inspection applications being made electronically to over 90% in just one year."

- Dale Adolphe, Executive Director of the Canadian Seed Growers' Association

Additional links

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

- AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

- Canadian Seed Growers Association

Contact Information

  • Emily Hogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
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