Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Activity report on Agricultural Environment Management Initiative (01/12/04)

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Dec. 4, 2001

FREDERICTON (CNB) - More than 130 projects have been approved and funded through the Agricultural Environment Management Initiative, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Rodney Weston said today.

"Over $1.2 million has been committed under this initiative," he said. "When combined with the industry contribution, this represents an investment of over $2 million in environmental protection activities within the agriculture sector."

In June, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture announced the new $1.5 million Agricultural Environment Management Initiative. It was put forth to facilitate the conservation and the enhancement of the natural resources used by the agriculture sector and to minimize the impact of agricultural practices on the environment.

Funding for the initiative is from the provincial Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture budget and matches federal dollars for other programs under the three-year federal-provincial Framework Agreement on Agricultural Risk Management, which was signed in July 2000.

"This government recognizes the importance of the agriculture industry to the provincial economy. It also recognizes that environmental sustainability is a challenge we must continue to face," Weston said. "For this reason, our department is committed to working with the farming community to secure its future not only for the present generation, but also for generations to come. That is who we are working for today."

There is still funding available under this initiative and farmers are encouraged to submit projects. To find out more about the Agricultural Environment Management Initiative or to obtain an application form, contact local agriculture offices of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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MEDIA CONTACT : Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.

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