January 24, 2014 15:54 ET
Hybrid seed to help grow local markets
SIMCOE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 24, 2014) -
Diane Finley, the Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and Minister Responsible for Southwestern Ontario, announced today, on behalf of her colleague Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, that the Harper Government is investing up to $512,700 into research to help grow local asparagus markets. This project, funded under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, will improve the amount of asparagus, its quality, and help in making the crops more resistant to disease.
With increased demand for "local" Ontario asparagus in recent years and proximity to large markets in the eastern United States, new seed varieties will help to meet the needs of the expanding industry, lower production costs and boost competitiveness in the region.
"Our government remains committed to our farmers and the success of the agricultural sector. Asparagus is an extremely important crop for us in southwestern Ontario, and this investment will help increase our competitiveness both here in Canada, and abroad."
"The Asparagus Farmers of Ontario has a long-standing and productive partnership with the University of Guelph. We have supported Dr. Dave Wolyn's asparagus breeding program for almost two decades and the industry has benefitted greatly from the release of Millennium, a superior cold-weather variety. The funding announced through AAFC's AgriInnovation Fund will allow the breeding program to continue to support a competitive Ontario asparagus industry into the future."
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Kayla IafeliceDeputy Press SecretaryOffice of the Minister of the Public Worksand Government Services819-997-5421Media RelationsAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaOttawa, Ontario613-773-79721-866-345-7972Follow us on Twitter: @AAFC_Canada
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