Canadian government invests in ginseng

Top Crop Manager
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | Ontario
By Top Crop Manager
Canada’s ginseng industry receives a boost as Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced an investment of $360,521 to the Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association (OGGA) to help promote and pursue new markets.

India is on the list of new markets to be explored, which provides the potential to increase demand for Canadian-grown ginseng beyond its traditional Asian markets.

Canada is a global leader in the production of North American ginseng. It is the largest field grown horticultural export with sales of over $228 million a year. The investment is part of the government’s goal to grow Canada’s agriculture and food annual exports to $75 billion by 2025.

The OGGA is a non-profit organization representing more than 160 producers of ginseng who grow, harvest and sell the root. Almost all producers of North American ginseng in Canada are located in Ontario, and the OGGA produces the largest amount of North American ginseng in the world.

This investment under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriMarketing Program will help the OGGA stay in front of its competitors, increase domestic and international market demand, and strengthen Canada's reputation as a producer of high-quality ginseng.

Today's announcement is part of the Minister's cross country 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour which started in Quebec last week and ends in British Columbia on July 17, 2018.

MacAulay is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participating in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs - including those recently launched under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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