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Canola industry receives investment

posted Feb 22, 2016, 11:20 AM by Kathy Carr
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $980,000 in research to help drive innovation and profitability in the canola industry.
“Canada’s canola sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy. Investments in research will help boost canola yields and position the sector for future growth and sustainability" said Minister MacAulay.
The investment through the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) will support the canola industry’s new strategic plan entitled “Keep it coming: 52 by 2025” designed to help improve canola yields to meet 26 million metric tonnes of global demand and increase yield to 52 bushels per acre by 2025.
About 85 per cent of Canada’s canola production is exported internationally to countries such as China, Japan, Mexico and the United States. In 2014, Canada exported 9.6 million metric tonnes of canola seed for a value of $5.2 billion.
“The government’s support for canola agronomic research is great news for the canola industry. Teamwork has always been a strength of our sector and this partnership will play a critical role in reaching our shared vision of sustainably and profitably increasing canola production in Canada.” Patti Miller, president, Canola Council of Canada said.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists, in collaboration with Canola Council of Canada, will conduct research on disease management, stand establishment and fertility management..