Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canola Crop Down in Ontario

By Manny Paiva

Agriculture Ministry reports 35 per cent drop in canola crop in 2013.

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Canola crops are down this year in Ontario.

The province's agriculture department reports that farmers planted 44-thousand acres of the crop in 2013.

That's down 35 per cent from last year.

Specialist Brian Hall says swede midge and flea beetles had a big impact on final yields.

But he hopes better control options and seed treatments will help in 2014.


Farmers in Vietnam are getting a 7.6 million dollar investment from Canada.

It's a development project intended to help improve the livelihoods of Vietnamese farmers through increased financing and knowledge of new agricultural practices.

The announcement comes as Canada and Vietnam celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations.

Canada exports seafood, soybeans, non-durum wheat and canola meal to Vietnam -- while we also import cashews, coffee, nuts, and seeds.


A farmer-owned nitrogen fertilizer plant is in the works for Western Canada.

Saskatoon-based Farmers of North America has been spearheading the 1.7 billion dollar project.

The group held dozens of meetings across the Prairies last month to gauge interest.

It says 24-hundred farmers have so far invested 8.4 million dollars in the plan.


And Canada's agriculture minister says time is running out for a new World Trade Organization agreement on improving the global economy.

Gerry Ritz is at the W-T-O conference -- where he says delegations are working to reach a compromise between all countries.

Ritz says the sticking point is that several nations want more flexibility to subsidize their farmers.




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