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Province launches agri-food strategy

Plan to grow the agriculture, aquaculture and food-processing sector is part of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario
The province’s Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy, released on Jan. 22, aims to increase research and the growth of food in Northern Ontario. (File photo)

The province has launched a new Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy, which resolves to grow the agriculture, aquaculture and food-processing sector in Northern Ontario.

Announced Jan. 22, the plan was developed with input from agri-food businesses and organizations, as well as local and Indigenous communities.

It identifies government commitments to help grow the sector, such as supporting research and the growth of the food, beverage and aquaculture industries, as well as expanding livestock farming and soil mapping in the region.

Ultimately, the strategy aims to create jobs, increase the consumption of locally produced food, and expand economic development through the North.

“The strategy released today will provide the foundation for a strong agriculture, aquaculture and food processing sector here in the North,” Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle said in a release.

“By fostering innovation and strengthening these burgeoning industries, our government is investing in the new opportunities that will ensure Northerners are part of our province’s ongoing economic success.”

The full contents of the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy – available in English, French, Ojibwe, Cree and Oji-Cree – can be accessed here.