Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

July 17, 2008 14:17 ET

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Deliver for Prairie Farmers

OUTLOOK, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - The Government of Canada is delivering for Saskatchewan farmers by signing a new five-year agreement that will support sustainable irrigation and help build a stronger agricultural sector. Parliamentary Secretary Lynne Yelich, made the announcement today on behalf of the Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre's (CSIDC) annual Irrigation Field Day.

"This Government is providing farm families with the resources they need to be competitive and successful," said Ms. Yelich. "We are working with Canadian farmers to find new and innovative ways to use less water to do more."

"We are committed to helping Saskatchewan producers address their irrigation needs," Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said. "Today's announcement reaffirms that commitment and is another step toward long-term sustainability in the agriculture industry."
The partners, which include the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association and the Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation, as well as its newest partner - the University of Saskatchewan - have signed the framework agreement and were present at this major event.

This is only one in many steps the Government of Canada has taken to put Saskatchewan farmers first. This government has also:

- Committed 9 million dollars in drought relief for the Saskatchewan Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program.

- Supported livestock producers in their time of need helping them maintain much needed cash-flow.

- Moved forward on biofuels; providing new markets for farmers and new and exciting jobs for our rural communities.

- Worked hard to open new markets for our great Canadian products.
- Signed a new framework for agriculture that will secure a more profitable and more competitive industry.

The CSIDC Irrigation Field Day is held annually to showcase innovation in support of sustainable irrigated production and to facilitate technology transfer. The theme for this year's field day, "Valuing Our Water," highlights the importance of water in agriculture and the benefits of increasing irrigation water use efficiency.

Backgrounder on the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation and Diversification Centre attached.

BACKGROUNDER

Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation and Diversification Centre (CSIDC)

CSIDC was officially formed in 1998, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada (represented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), the Province of Saskatchewan and Industry (represented by the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association (SIPA) and the Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC).

The Centre investigates and demonstrates crops, technologies, and best management practices that assist producers in sustaining land and water resources. Through applied research and demonstration, CSIDC responds to farmer and industry needs to improve the sustainability and profitability of irrigated agriculture.

A major priority of the Centre is to provide irrigated crop production options for rural clients. The benefits of higher value crops include greater economic returns, opportunities to add value, and increased sustainability of the rural economy.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
    Jenna Webb
    306-787-2359