Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Food Day in Canada

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Honour farmers by eating Canadian food tomorrow.


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The federal government is spending one million dollars to help the canola industry tap new markets.

The Canola Council of Canada will use the cash to highlight the health and quality characteristics of canola.

The money will also be used to promote consumer awareness and branding.

Last year -- Canada exported more than 12 million metric tonnes of canola seed, oil, and meal worth more than 6 billion dollars to key markets.

Canada is the number one exporter of canola in the world.

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You are urged to honour farmers by eating Canadian food tomorrow.

Agriculture Canada says Canadian farmers produce some of the tastiest, safest and freshest products in the world and consumers should show their appreciation.

You can cook up Canadian ingredients at home or go out to one of 300 restaurants across the country that will be highlighting Canadian food on their menus tomorrow.

Agriculture Canada says the industry accounts for about two million jobs and contributes about eight per cent to Canada's gross domestic product.

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The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is sending help to people suffering from the east Africa food crisis.

The agency says it will spend more than 3 million dollars to provide beans, oil and supplementary food for children under five and pregnant and lactating women across Ethiopia and Kenya.

Some of the money will be used for a food for work program, where the agency supports sand dam projects.

Last year -- Canadians donated almost 10 million dollars in cash, grain, and land to the Foodgrains Bank.

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Directors of the Canadian Wheat Board will meet with farmers across the Prairies next month to talk about the future of the grain marketing agency.

The Harper government says it wants to end the board's monopoly on marketing wheat and barley.

The Winnipeg based board responded with a media campaign against the move and has mailed out plebiscite ballots to producers to get their views.

Chair Allen Oberg feels once the change is made -- the Canadian Wheat Board will be gone forever.

 

 


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