January 11, 2019 Fundy Royal, New Brunswick
New Brunswick’s dairy farmers play an important role in growing the economy and providing for Canadians. In New Brunswick, there are over 190 farms and 19,000 cows, many of which are located in the riding of Fundy Royal.
Speaking today while visiting several farms, Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, highlighted the impacts of investments of over $857K under Phase One of the Dairy Farm Investment Program to support 14 dairy operations in Fundy Royal. These strategic investments will help increase the sector’s competitiveness and productivity right here in Fundy Royal.
Fundy Royal dairy farmers know the importance of ensuring their operations remain modern and competitive so they can continue to get their high-quality products to kitchen tables across New Brunswick and the rest of Canada. The Government of Canada is proud to support dairy farmers as they find new ways to improve productivity and efficiency in their operations.
Nationally, dairy is vital to the economy, adding over $20 billion to the economy in 2017 and directly creating over 40,000 jobs and indirectly supporting hundreds of thousands of others. In rural areas such as Fundy Royal, this sector is particularly important.
This program, originally launched in August 2017, helps the hard working Canadian dairy producers improve productivity through upgrades to their equipment, such as automatic feeding systems, robotic milking systems, and herd management equipment.
“The hard working families we visited today demonstrate that agriculture is not only an economic sector, but a livelihood that supports generations of families and communities like ours. I am proud that the Government of Canada is supporting their continued growth, innovation, and production through the Dairy Farm Investment Program. It remains a top priority that we work together to ensure the prosperity of our local dairy farms and the vitality of our rural communities.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
- The Dairy Farm Investment Program is a $250 million, five-year federal investment, launched on August 1, 2017. The program is designed to support the productivity and the competitiveness of dairy farmers through targeted contributions, and help the sector adapt to the anticipated impacts from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
- As of November 2, 2018, over 1,900 dairy producers across Canada have been approved for funding support valued at $129 million in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.
- Phase 2 of the Dairy Farmer Investment Program is open until February 8, 2019 and is expected to support an additional 1000-1500 projects in Canada.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Office of MP Alaina Lockhart
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada