Governments Provide Certainty to Nunavut Harvesters, Hunters and Producers
OTTAWA, Ontario, April 16, 2008 – The Government of Canada is working with Nunavut to deliver new programs for the agricultural sector through the Growing Forward initiative, but while that progress continues, existing programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be extend for up to one year, starting April 1, 2008.The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Patterk Netser, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation of Nunavut, today announced details about the continuation of programs under the APF.
“Growing Forward is delivering real results for Canadian agriculture and this Government is working with the provinces and territories to give the sector stability while we develop important new initiatives,” said Minister Ritz. “Providing this stability while delivering progress on Growing Forward is another example of this Government’s commitment to put the needs of the sector first.”
Harvesters, hunters and producers in Nunavut will continue to receive services from all APF federal and territorial programs in the areas of environment, food safety, innovation and renewal.
“Continuing programs will allow for a smooth transition to Growing Forward and will provide certainty for our harvesters and all our partners,” added Minister Netser.
Consultations will continue so that Growing Forward programs are developed with the needs of the sector in mind. “This gives us the time we need to ensure the sector has the voice they deserve in program design,” said Minister Ritz.
For a list of continuing APF programs in Nunavut, visit: www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward.
For more information, media may contact:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
Director – Policy, Planning, and Communications
Department of Economic Development & Transportation