Helping farmers meet growing demand for organics

AAFC
September 28, 2017
By AAFC
The Government of Canada is committed to working with the agricultural industry in developing new risk management assessments and tools that help farmers manage risk.

Member of Parliament for Pontiac, William Amos, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Old Chelsea September 20 to announce a $461,816 investment for the Canadian Organic Growers during National Organics Week.

This funding will be used to conduct a study of the risks involved in transitioning from conventional production to organic production.

This first-of-a-kind study will reach out to organic producers across the country, as well as others in the sector.

The data collected will be used to identify techniques that farmers can use to help reduce risk and manage their shift to organic production.

"More than ever, Canadians are looking to purchase organic products grown and made in Canada; however supply is not keeping pace at home or abroad. There is a growing environmental and economic case for transitioning to organic agriculture in Canada and by enhancing our knowledge on the subject, we can develop effective tools, programs, and policies that can better support a farmer's journey to sustainable, organic production," said Rochelle Eisen, President, Canadian Organic Growers.

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