Berry Growers of Ontario, representing strawberry, raspberry and blueberry sectors, is moving forward with strategic projects. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, more than $134,00 will help access markets, monitor soil health and expand knowledge of crop production.
Specific projects include:
- - $111,619 to create a website, promotional videos and marketing materials to promote the Ontario berry industry and increase awareness of their products.
- - $20,800 to test drone technology to measure acreage of berry crops and gather plant health information.
- - $2,000 to develop, promote and host a strawberry production workshop for growers in Ontario to help build their knowledge.
"Berry farmers are increasingly using new growing techniques to access markets and meet consumer demand," said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By supporting research and the development of a strong market for their product, we are helping our farmers innovate, succeed, and grow their businesses."
"The Berry Growers of Ontario are glad to hear that the Governments of Canada and Ontario have offered to support our industry through the Partnership,” said Morris Gervais, vice chair, Berry Growers of Ontario. “The funding will be welcome in support of our website and marketing, as well as our spring production workshop and our innovative research into drone technology.”
In 2018, provincial blueberry, raspberry and strawberry acreage totalled more than 3,100 acres that generated more than $40 million in farmgate sales.
Source: OMAFRA September 5, 2019 news release