Government of Canada Supports Innovative Quebec Dairy Producers
(4 months ago)
BROME-MISSISQUOI, QC: The dairy sector is a key driver of our economy with nearly USD 24 billion in sales by farmers and food processors, including over USD 7 billion in Quebec. When dairy farmers prosper, Canadian families benefit from high-quality products, and a strong and dynamic agricultural sector.
Speaking today during a tour of local dairy farms, MP Denis Paradis (Brome — Missisquoi), on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Lawrence MacAulay, highlighted the investments made under the Dairy Farm Investment Program to support dairy producers as they improve their farms' productivity and efficiency. Investments like these go a long way to make the sector more competitive. (see Background section below for specific investments)
"These dairy farms are great examples of forward-looking dairy farmers focused on improving their farm's productivity and driving down costs. I'm glad the Government of Canada has helped keep their operations innovative and productive. This is just one of the many ways the Government continues to support the dairy sector to ensure it remains strong."
- Member of Parliament Denis Paradis (Brome — Missisquoi)
The Dairy Farm Investment Program is a $250 million, five-year federal investment, providing targeted contributions to help Canadian dairy farmers update farm technologies and systems and improve productivity through upgrades to their equipment.
To date, over 750 dairy producers have been approved for funding support valued at over $36 million, in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.
Quebec's dairy industry has farm gate sales of $2.2 billion and processing sales of $5.4 billion.