Governments Assisting Grape Growers and Beekeepers Strengthen Their Businesses

Syed Azam

Canada and Ontario investing up to $10 million to support sectors hit by extraordinary weather conditions

Through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the governments of Canada and Ontario will contribute up to $10 million to the grape growing and beekeeping industries in order to assist them in covering extraordinary expenses incurred as a result of significant grapevine and bee colony losses caused by extreme weather conditions in 2021 and 2022.

Two new AgriRecovery drives will give up to $5 million to qualified grape producers and up to $5 million for qualified business beekeepers.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, stated, “Resuming operations after disaster events can present extraordinary costs for beekeepers and grape growers.” In order for these producers to recover and prosper, these initiatives will assist in mitigating the effects of these unanticipated occurrences.”

Under the Canada-Ontario Grapevine Winter Injury Initiative (2021–2022), eligible Ontario grape growers can submit an application for financial assistance in July to help them recover from significant vine loss and damage. From summer 2021 to winter 2022, the damage was caused by a series of severe weather events, including drought, heavy rain, and extreme cold. Up to 70% of the costs associated with repairing or replacing grapevines that have been damaged or lost during the specified time frame will be covered by the initiative.

According to Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson, “These new AgriRecovery initiatives are welcome news for both sectors and will help our grape growers and beekeepers recover from these extraordinary events that occurred beyond their control.” This is an illustration of our government’s commitment to ensuring that our agriculture and agri-food sector has the tools it needs to succeed, even when industry relies on the elements to thrive.

During the 2021-22 winter, unusual conditions like severe weather and varroa mite damage will result in extraordinary costs that will be offset by support for beekeepers. This July, qualified Ontario beekeepers can apply for monetary help through the Canada-Ontario Overwinter Honey bee Province Misfortune Substitution Drive (2021-2022) to oversee expanded honey bee state misfortunes that happened over the 2021-22 season. The high cost of purchasing bee colonies to replace those affected during the specified time period will be covered by eligible beekeepers up to 70%.

These drives will be conveyed by Agricorp. In Ontario, the organization provides risk management training. Initiatives under the AgriRecovery program help pay for extraordinary expenses incurred by farmers in order to mitigate the effects of disasters beyond their control and/or resume farming operations as quickly as possible.

Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, stated, “Beekeepers and grape growers are key contributors to Ontario’s thriving agriculture industry.” Growers can benefit from AgriRecovery by reducing unanticipated costs that are beyond their control, allowing them to maintain their high value to the industry.

AgriRecovery is a government common regional catastrophe alleviation structure to assist rural makers with the exceptional expenses related with recuperating from unusual circumstances or debacle circumstances. The drives are cost-divided on a 60:40 premise among the national government and taking part regions or domains, as illustrated under the Supportable Canadian Rural Association (Economical CAP).

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