Government of Canada Helps Stimulate Northern Food Production
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector provides good, middle-class jobs across the country, while providing nutritious, high-quality foods for all Canadians. Agriculture also plays a large role in Canada’s north, with over 230 farm operators in the Yukon and Northwest Territories in 2016. As the northern agriculture industry develops, the Government of Canada continues to support our farmers and processors to ensure they have the tools needed to adapt to difficult agricultural conditions.
Today, while speaking at the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. (SSI) and Sahtu Dene Council (SDC) Annual General Meeting in Tulit’a, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, congratulated K'asho Got'ine Community Council on a recently completed project valued at $50,100 through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). This investment helped the organization lead a community-scale cold-climate agriculture pilot project to assess the local soil and climate conditions required for the production of various types of vegetables, focusing on 20 potato cultivars, and provide solutions for soil quality issues.
The project concluded that, using a soil-enriching method, there is the potential to build a reliable, sustainable food system in remote northern communities.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said, “Access to affordable, nutritious, safe and locally produced food is essential for a healthy community. Strengthening food security is a priority for the Government of Canada and projects like this will help find solutions to challenges in the north. Northern communities will be able to grow vegetables, while growing their economies and putting healthy food on the community tables.”
“I’m proud to have announced the completion of this important project. This project is a great example of the Governments support for innovative approaches and technologies used to solve challenges facing Northerners. We want to empower our communities to keep researching resourceful ways to keep their communities economically sustainable – particularly in regions with unique environmental challenges like Fort Good Hope.” said Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories.