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Nova Scotia Egg Industry Gets a Boost from the Federal Government

Harper Government Invests in Projects to Assist Nova Scotia Egg Farmers

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The Government of Canada announced on Tuesday an investment that would help the Nova Scotia egg industry, including two projects that would ultimately assist with increasing the number of marketable eggs.

Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong (Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) made the announcement on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The investment is over $265,000 and will be divided into two initiatives.

"Our government is continuously looking for ways to increase the competitiveness of egg farmers across the country because we recognize the importance of a healthy poultry industry to our economy," said MP Armstrong in a press release. "By making strategic investments to promote a sustainable and growing Canadian poultry sector, our government is delivering real results for farmers, which will help them reach their maximum production potential."

The following is brief overview of the two projects that the government is supporting:

•$19,000 to go towards monitoring the acidity levels and ions in the water supply. This will help determine what’s best for egg production and the impacts that water quality has on the performance/metabolism of laying hens.
•$75,000 will be allocated towards studying how protein supplements in feed could help egg farmers reduce feed costs, while increasing production with their flock hens.

The funding has been made possible through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP).

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