Fredericton, New Brunswick – The provincial and federal governments have created a new development program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support First Nations interested in participating in the agriculture and agri-food industry.
The Indigenous Agriculture Development Program is open to all First Nation communities, individuals or organizations interested in farming and agricultural development in the province.
Applications are already being accepted. Guidelines and application forms are available online.
Successful applicants will receive support to develop viable business plans and manage finances and production costs. Funding is also available for Indigenous organizations that wish to assess their competitiveness, and for any training required for their farming operations.
Applicants are encouraged to apply to all the Canadian Agriculture Partnership programs for funding.
Signed in 2018, the national partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments that aims to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector across the country and to ensure continued innovation, growth and prosperity. Funding is dedicated towards simplified programs and services that are easy to access, as well as enhancements to help producers manage their farm. The new program intended for First Nations draws its funding from the partnership's existing budget.Source : Government of Canada