Canada announces more than $8 million Investment in Organic Farming
The Canadian organic industry is one of Canada’s fastest growing agricultural sectors, thanks to Canada’s hardworking organic farmers and food processors. Research and innovation are vital to ensuring this sector continues to grow to help meet consumer demands. Retail sales of organic food products have grown, on average, by double digits over the past decade, with current sales estimated at $5.4 billion across Canada.
The Government of Canada announced a federal investment of up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.
“As the worldwide demand for organic food grows, our government continues to invest in organic farming” said Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament of Brampton South. “Our government is making investments to increase productivity on organic farms, while reducing their environmental impact.”
This research investment, which includes an additional $4.4 million in contributions from industry, will help the organic sector enhance productivity through better soil health and fertility management, advance crop breeding research, improve pest management, and evaluate the environmental impacts of organic farm practices.
The Government of Canada has identified the agriculture and agri-food sector as a core driver of jobs, growth and prosperity, setting an ambitious target to grow Canada’s agri-food exports to $75 billion annually by 2025.