Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 30, 2013 13:35 ET

Harper Government Invests to Strengthen Competitiveness of Mustard Seed Industry

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Sept. 30, 2013) - Canadian mustard seed growers will benefit from important new research with the support of the Harper Government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment to Mustard 21 Canada for research and development that will help producers increase their competitiveness and profitability.

"By developing a higher quality Canadian product we are helping producers stay ahead of competing countries in the marketplace," said Minister Ritz. "This investment will improve mustard seed yield and quality, ensuring that Canada remains a leader in the mustard industry."

This investment of $4.9 M will enable Mustard 21 Canada to raise the bar for quality and supply in the mustard sector. Research will focus on developing new and higher yielding varieties of condiment mustard through traditional and molecular breeding applications, as well as industrial mustard for use in the emerging biofuel sector.

AAFC researchers will collaborate on many of these projects, including developing condiment mustard with a higher protein and mucilage content (yellow mustard) as well as improved disease resistance. New industrial oilseed varieties will include high oil and protein content, early maturing properties and disease resistance. In addition, research will focus on improving production of industrial oilseeds for growers, specifically concentrating on rotational benefits, water use efficiency, and fertilizer and weed management.

"Mustard 21 Canada is very pleased to have this renewed commitment to mustard research under the Growing Forward 2 program," said Baine Fritzler, Chair of Mustard 21. "This will enable mustard producers and the mustard processing and handling system in Canada to maintain their position as world leaders in supplying mustard to national and international markets."

This builds on a previous investment of $4 M from the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative under Growing Forward, to develop new varieties of mustard seed and new market opportunities for farmers.

The AgriInnovation Program is a five-year, up to $698 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework. The industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based practices, processes and products. The terms of this investment are subject to the signing of contribution and collaboration agreements.

The new Growing Forward 2 policy framework, which came into effect on April 1, 2013, will continue to drive innovation and long-term growth in Canada. In addition to a generous suite of business risk management programs, governments have agreed to invest more than $3 billion over five years in innovation, competitiveness, and market development.

For more information on the Growing Forward 2 agreement and the AgriInnovation Program, please visit

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Jeff English
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
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    Baine Fritzler
    Chair, Mustard 21