Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farm Help for Haiti


Canadian help planned for Haitian farmers.


The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is holding its annual meeting in Niagara Falls today and tomorrow.

The theme of the conference is "Revisiting Our Roots."

There will be guest speakers to talk about managing nutrient dollars and a session will look at new technology on the horizon.

New Ontario Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell will also talk about farming in a changing environment.


Cattle producers are hoping the barbecue season will spark a resurgence of the beef market.

Scott Mckinnon of Canfax says the market is still recovering from the lack of a barbecue season in 2009.

He says the industry has relied on the spring rally the last few years.


The Canadian Wheat Board is expecting increased sales because of poor harvest weather in the southern hemisphere.

Spokesperson Arvin Pirness says weather has affected the quality of the grain.

He says harvest is essentially complete in Argentina and Brazil, while there's a small amount yet to be harvested in Australia.

Overall, variable harvest conditions led to larger supplies of lower protein wheat in the southern hemisphere.

Pirness says this will support the market for higher quality wheat coming from Western Canada.


A different form of help is coming to victims of that massive earthquake in Haiti.

A Professor from the University of Guelph is working on plans to help the people in Haiti develop better agriculture practices that can improve the livelihoods of Haitian farmers as well as prevent devastating mudslides following natural disasters.

Professor Manish Raizada of the Department of Plant Agriculture is investigating how indigenous and innovative agriculture farm techniques can improve the lot of poor Haitian farmers.

Raizada says he wants to introduce some of the ancient farming practices in Haiti to prevent soil erosion.

Raizada also will be testing the root structures of plants to see which are most effective in stabilizing crops, particularly on hillsides.

Because deforestation is a major contributor to soil erosion and mudslides in Haiti, Raizada will be experimenting with fast-growing woods and more sustainable tree-harvesting practices.



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