AG Notes

Funding to boost cherry exports

The federal government is investing more than $241,000 in funding to the B.C. Cherry Association to improve market access for Canadian fresh cherries in new and existing export markets.

The funding is intended to develop new promotional material and help pay for attendance at international trade shows and to find new buyers in priority markets.

The association will also implement a pest management protocol for the Japanese, Chinese, American and South Korean markets, as well as design and produce export labels to meet market-specific requirements.

Canola yield research funded

Ottawa has committed up to $3,457,985 for SaskCanola to study genomic resistance, pathology and integrated crop management, which will help decrease incidences of emerging and established diseases.

In particular, the research project aims to further control blackleg in canola and understand more about the emerging disease verticillium stripe in Canada.

Study examines bees and blueberries

Ottawa and Nova Scotia are investing more than $800,000 to support the health and productivity of the honeybee sector in Atlantic Canada to help pollinate wild blueberries.

The project, led by the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, will help improve honeybee colony health, monitor and manage pests and diseases, improve overwintering success and promote biosecurity techniques.

The farmgate value of Canadian blueberries was almost $244 million in 2018 and 81percent of the total blueberry crop is linked to the delivery of honeybee pollination.

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