April 11, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The governments of Canada and New Brunswick today announced changes to the Canada-New Brunswick program for the implementation of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). These changes will increase the maximum amount of funding available to producers for the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices on their farms.
Canada's maximum contribution per eligible applicant is increasing from $30,000 to $50,000 for implementation of BMPs. The program is delivered in New Brunswick by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture.
Funded under the Agricultural Policy Framework, the program helps producers adopt practices that enhance agricultural sustainability and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment.
"We are pleased with these changes to the environmental programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework," Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette said. "These changes will provide enhanced funding toward on-farm activities associated with protecting the environment."
"The Government of Canada believes in finding practical ways to improve the environment, and we encourage producers to benefit from this program by adopting more beneficial management practices," Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen said. "We will continue to work with our provincial partners to promote farm practices which result in a healthier environment for all Canadians." He spoke on behalf of Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.
Producers are now also eligible for funding toward additional beneficial management practices aimed at conserving water use on the farm, reducing soil erosion and sustainable pest management.
Since it was launched in 2005, the program has provided $1.81million to the farm community for the development of environmental farm plans and the implementation of 368 related projects.
The federal-provincial program will provide $4.47 million in technical support and financial incentives through until 2008.
Information and application forms for Canada-New Brunswick Program for the Implementation of BMPs are available from the local offices of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture (NBDAA) or by visiting the NBDAA's website.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 613-759-7972; 1-866-345-7972; Conrad Bellehumeur, director of communications, Minister Strahl's Office, 613-759-1059