Nov. 18, 2005
PERTH-ANDOVER (CNB) - David Alward, New Brunswick's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Tobique-Mactaquac MP Andy Savoy announced today a $1.9-million federal-provincial program to help the New Brunswick agriculture industry manage, conserve and enhance existing water resources.
The objective of the program is to ensure that New Brunswick farmers have access to secure supplies of good quality water to meet their current and future needs and are able to manage these water resources effectively.
"Good water management practices such as drainage and irrigation are critical to improving the productivity of agricultural land," Alward said. "This program will assist farmers in making sound investments in enhanced water management that will lead to greater prosperity and competitiveness in the agriculture and agri-food industry of the province."
Savoy said Canada succeeds when all of its parts are strong.
"That's why we need sustainable rural farming communities," Savoy said. "A healthy water supply is fundamental to the agriculture industry's prosperity and the Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program provides the means to manage water resources."
Savoy attended the announcement on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell.
The Government of New Brunswick is contributing $100,000 in the form of in-kind technical support towards the implementation of the program, while the Government of Canada is investing $1.8 million. Federal assistance for the program comes from the National Water Supply Expansion Program, a $60-million initiative supporting the Environment chapter of the Agricultural Policy Framework.
For more information on the Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program, visit any office of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
For more information on the Environmental Farm Plan in New Brunswick, call the Agriculture Producers Association of N.B. at 506-452-8101 or the Fédération des agriculteurs et agricultrices francophones du N.-B. at 506-735-4886.
For more information on the transformation of the agriculture industry, visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's website at http://www.agr.gc.ca or call 1-866-367-8506 .
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a backgrounder on the Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program. MEDIA CONTACTS: Alain Bryar, director of communications, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Charlottetown, 1-866-345-7972; Matt Tolley, press secretary, Office of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell, 613-759-1059.
Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program
The $1.9-million Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program (CNBWMP) represents the province's portion of the National Water Supply Expansion Program (NWSEP). The NWSEP is a $60-million program administered by the Government of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial governments.
The NWSEP aims to help Canada's agricultural community meet water management challenges through expanded and sustainable rural water supply and drainage infrastructure.
CNBWMP will provide $1,800,000 in federal funding, in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick, for agricultural water management projects. The program will run until March 31, 2008.
Individual farmers must have a valid Environmental Farm Plan in order to be eligible for the Canada-New Brunswick Water Management Program. The program provides assistance for surface and sub-surface water control on agricultural land as well as for on-farm water supply and management infrastructure such as on-farm ponds, wells and pipelines.
To be eligible, projects must have an agricultural water management component. Eligible applicants for CNBWMP assistance include individual and/or incorporated groups of farmers, conservation groups, rural communities and municipalities, agri-businesses and rural enterprises, and educational institutions. Producers must have a validated Environmental Farm Plan to be eligible for assistance for infrastructure projects under Tier 1 and 2 components of the program. Non-agricultural applicants must include agricultural partners in the project.
Three types of projects are eligible for assistance:
The New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture will deliver the program. Information on the program is available at the department office in your area.