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Area Ag. Industry Promoted

By Randy Thoms Feb 24, 2023 | 1:58 PM

The Ontario government is touting its commitment to the province’s agriculture industry in northern Ontario.

Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford says the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has contributed necessary funding to help the industry thrive.

“We’re expanding capacity, lengthening the ability for seasons with farm technology. We’re investing in tile drainage in Thunder Bay with the agricultural research group,” says Rickford.

“We’re creating terminals in places like Rainy River, in my riding, which have allowed Rainy River to become the largest canola and corn producer in northern Ontario.

He says those developments are putting our agriculture sector in northern Ontario at the top of the list as destinations for farming.

Rickford says the NOHFC is also supporting projects that tackle food insecurity.

“Whether they’re in the southern part of northern Ontario or in isolated communities—we’re working with no less than four or five Indigenous communities on really serious and important agriculture projects.”

One such project is a community garden in Keewaywin that is used to teach young people how to garden.


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