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Continuing Support for Fruit Growers Affected by Extreme Cold

Grape and other fruit growers still feeling the effects of the extreme cold weather in February 2023 can apply for funding through Phase 2 of the Polar Vortex Industry Recovery Program.

“We knew it would take a number of seasons for farmers to know how much damage was done,” said Agriculture Minister Greg Morrow. “During Phase 1 of the program, we were able to help over a hundred farmers. Now we’re launching Phase 2 to keep that support going as the spring season starts.”

The previous round of funding helped with increased maintenance costs for recovery of grapes, stone fruit, cranberries and other cold-sensitive crops. Phase 2 includes support for virus testing, plant materials and ongoing crop maintenance.

The Department is working with industry representatives and Horticulture Nova Scotia, which delivers the program, to meet growers’ needs. The long-term impact of the extreme cold event and the sector’s recovery needs continue to be assessed.

Polar vortex recovery funding complements business risk management programs such as crop insurance.

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