Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Money for Fruit Producers

By Jon Meyer

Ontario's fruit producers are receiving more than $410,000 from the federal government.

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Our federal government has announced more than 410 thousand dollars in funding for Ontario's fruit producers.

The money will go to the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board.

It will develop new varieties of tender fruits and fresh grapes suited to the province's soil conditions and climate.

The project is intended to help Ontario producers get a bigger market share in the fruit sector.

The tender fruit and grape sectors bring in an estimated 250 million dollars in total annual farm gate revenue.


A report gives Canada a lukewarm rating of "D'' when it comes to animal protection and welfare.

The assessment is by the London-based World Animal Protection group.

It says Canada's animal protection laws are old and inadequate -- particularly when it comes to protecting farm animals during transport.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the government takes the issue seriously, and is working to strengthen animal welfare laws.


Federal Trade Minister Ed Fast says Canada is deeply disappointed with the U-S decision to appeal the World Trade Organization ruling that U-S meat-labelling laws are discriminatory.

Fast says Canada fully expected the United States to live up to its international trade obligations and comply with the W-T-O ruling.

The ruling found that changes the U-S made to its country-of-origin policy violate trade rules because it treats Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourably than U-S livestock.


The annual Seed and Feed show and meeting in Grey County will be held this Friday.

Today is the deadline to register for the meeting and trade show, which will be held at the Chatsworth Community Centre.

It costs only $20 for the show.

The show will be held at the Chatsworth Community Centre.




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