Ontario Allocates $3 Million For Northern Agriculture Advancements

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News in brief:
– Ontario has announced over $3 million in funding for six agri-production projects during the Northern Ontario Ag Conference in Sudbury.
– The funding primarily focuses on tile drainage initiatives, benefiting various districts and demonstrating the government’s commitment to strengthening its agri-food industry.

In a significant boost to Northern Ontario’s agricultural sector, Minister Greg Rickford announced over $3 million in funding for six agri-production projects during the Northern Ontario Ag Conference in Sudbury.

The majority of the funding, totaling $3 million, will primarily support tile drainage initiatives across Northeastern Ontario. These projects aim to enhance agricultural productivity by improving water drainage on over 6,000 acres in various districts.

Expanding agricultural innovation

The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA), a non-profit advocacy group founded in 2014, is set to receive $1 million to administer a tile drainage project covering 1,991 acres in the Timiskaming and Cochrane Districts. This initiative will benefit a consortium of 18 producers, contributing to increased efficiency and sustainability.

The LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation (LAMBAC) will receive $828,000 for a tile drainage project covering 1,380 acres in the Manitoulin Island region, benefiting 24 producers. Other districts, including Algoma, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Sudbury, and Parry Sound, will also witness substantial improvements in agricultural infrastructure.

Beyond tile drainage, the funding includes $221,148 for Reliable Elevators Corp. to acquire trucks and trailers, addressing the growing demand for higher haulage volumes of crop production in Northern Ontario. Additionally, $50,000 is allocated to Henwood Tree Farm for a cut-your-own tree experience, fostering local Christmas tree production.

Minister Rickford expressed the Ontario government’s commitment to strengthen the northern agri-food industry. He emphasised the importance of partnerships with the agricultural community to enhance community prosperity and expand access to locally produced foods.

The funding signifies not only a financial investment but also a commitment to recognising the diverse interests within the agricultural sector. Rickford highlighted the growing representation of the agriculture and Indigenous sectors in decision-making processes, acknowledging the increasing interest of Indigenous communities in micro-farming, food sovereignty, and local food production.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.

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