Agriculture and Aquaculture

Agriculture ministers to discuss impact of economy on agriculture sector (09/02/06)

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Feb. 6, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Reducing the impact of the current economic situation on Canada's agriculture industry will dominate discussions when Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette joins his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 9.

"As one of New Brunswick's key resource sectors, it is essential that we collaborate to ensure that current programming will help members of our agriculture industry with the challenges that may lie ahead," said Ouellette.

The ministers are also expected to review the status of various federal/provincial programs, which are going through the renewal process. Food safety and traceability are also on the agenda for the one-day meeting.

"The ongoing development of our agri-food sector relies on our government's commitment to work closely with industry to identify opportunities for growth and innovation," said Ouellette.

The agriculture and agri-food industry in New Brunswick is diverse, combining more than 2,700 farms with 100 processing plants to produce close to $1.2-billion worth of agri-food and beverage products.

The ministers will meet next at their annual conference, to be held in July at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.


MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.