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Media Release: CAAP funding doesn’t mean much to Nova Scotia

NSFA Logo285x192June 6, 2014

Recently the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz announced a renewed Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program (CAAP) for Canadian agriculture.  Under the CAAP program, $50.3 million dollars is being made available over the next five (5) years to, “help the agriculture sector adapt and remain competitive, respond to emerging issues and look at new approaches to deal with new and ongoing challenges.”

Dennis Boudreau, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture says, “This program is too broad and won’t do much to help the industry here in Nova Scotia.”  “It is fifty million over five years for the entire country.”

The previous CAAP program which ran from 2009-2014, earmarked $163 million for the country and Nova Scotia was able to deliver $4.4 million dollars in projects including some collective outcome projects to help the Industry here at home.

This program, delivered nationally, will not be as accessible to Nova Scotia and there will not be any local processing or decision making on what projects make sense.  “It loses site of our regional priorities,” says Dennis.  “It is a national program and any projects for consideration will have a national sector base,” he adds.

Agriculture in Nova Scotia is unique in its diversity, niche markets and prides itself in family run farm businesses. There is a definite lack of provincial or even regional focus with this CAAP program funding; an announcement that doesn’t mean much to Nova Scotia.

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For more information:
Wanda Hamilton
Communications Officer
(902) 893-2293~ Email whamilton@nsfa-fane.ca

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture represents the interests of over 2400 farm families in Nova Scotia. Founded in 1895 to provide Nova Scotia’s farm community with a single voice, the NSFA is the province’s only general farm organization.