Atlantic poultry farmers will be more competitive in the market with the support of the Government of Canada. MP Scott Armstrong on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced in Truro, Nova Scotia, an investment plan of more than $600,000 to the Atlantic Poultry Research Institute (APRI).
The insititute will conduct feed and health research.
"Our Government's top priority remains the economy, and the Atlantic region's poultry sector is an important contributor to keeping our economy strong," said MP Armstrong. "This investment in research will keep our poultry producers competitive by ensuring they continue to improve upon their quality products in order to meet the demands of today's health conscious consumer."
The investments are being made in six different projects to further research into better nutrients and improved disease resistance for the region's poultry sector, while benefiting consumers across the country. The funding includes support for projects that will identify ways to increase omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in chickens and eggs, as well as assess ways to improve flock health and reduce disease.
Nova Scotia is contributing $220,000 for these projects from its Technology Development Program, which supports the development and adaptation of new and leading agricultural technologies and knowledge that will enhance the competitive position of Nova Scotia's agriculture and agri-food industry. "The Government of Nova Scotia is investing in these projects to support scientific research that will improve the poultry sector's adaptability, competitiveness and innovation," said John MacDonell, Nova Scotia's Minister of Agriculture.
There are 235 chicken, turkey and egg farmers who produce high-quality products for consumers across Atlantic Canada and who generate cash receipts worth $259 million (2010) at the farm gate.
"The poultry sector sees the value of conducting applied research that will contribute to improved animal and human health," said Derek Anderson, CEO of APRI. "APRI is an Atlantic-wide institute that has successfully leveraged funds from the industry and from government to further its applied research needs, which in turn are identified with input from each of the Atlantic province poultry marketing boards."
These investments are supporting six research projects, including:
- Identifying healthy, cost-effective alternatives to traditional feed, such as omega-rich crab meal, canola seeds and cold-pressed canola oil;
- Developing a new approach to vaccination; and
- Finding an alternative to antibiotics that will ensure the health of chickens while meeting the needs of today's safety-conscious consumer.
The investments, delivered through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), are being provided by all four regional CAAP councils in the Atlantic region, led by Agri-Futures Nova Scotia.
- For more information go to CAAP