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Government of Canada invests in innovation to support the food sector

Mirabel, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada’s agri-food industry continues to diversify to meet the changing needs of Canadians and those around the world. Research is essential to the discovery of new and innovative food products and sources that allow Canadian producers and processors to develop and expand into new markets.

Today the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, announced an investment of up to $210,970 to the Centre de recherche agroalimentaire de Mirabel (CRAM) under the federal Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. This funding will enable CRAM to examine several aspects of edible insects for food and feed, specifically the impacts of rearing conditions, diet and processing methods, as well as how automated production methods could reduce costs.

During her visit to CRAM, Minister Joly also took the opportunity to highlight recent announcements made in Quebec as part of Minister MacAulay’s ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture’ cross country tour which started in Quebec last week and ends in British Columbia on July 17.

The Minister is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participate in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs.

On June 26, Minister MacAulay announced a federal investment of up to $910,355 to Fromagerie La Station to help the cheese processor purchase and install robotic equipment to improve the quality of its products and enhance production capacity.

In addition, a federal investment of up to $12.7 million was announced to Swine Innovation Porc, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Clusters. Swine Innovation Porc, will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to the Swine Research and Development Cluster for a total value of up to $18.5 million

Source : Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada