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Project for a Malting Barley with No Chemical Inputs

05 November 2013

CANADA - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, and Noëlla Champagne, Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Champlain, on behalf of François Gendron, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, have announced that Bio-Malt Mauricie has been granted C$143,400 in financial assistance for the production and processing of a malting barley with no chemical inputs.

This assistance is being provided under the Support Program for Sectoral Development Strategies, which is associated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund.

The purpose of the project is to produce organic barley that can be supplied to Quebec brewers and to create a value chain made up of seed growers, producers, maltsters and brewers.

“The agriculture sector is a key driver of job creation and economic growth in Canada,” said Minister Ritz.

“Our government is pleased to be able to help companies like Bio-Malt Mauricie produce in a different way and tap into new markets in a context of sustainable development.”

“This project will not only promote the use of Quebec malt, it will also contribute to diversifying agricultural production in the Mauricie region, and that will be done with utmost consideration for agri-environmental requirements,” said Ms. Champagne.

“Sustainable development is a major thrust of the food sovereignty policy, and this is the type of initiative we need to support.”

The Support Program for Sectoral Development Strategies was announced on March 25, 2011, by the governments of Canada and Quebec. The program provides C$16.7 million over four years to help agri-food activity sectors adapt and thrive in a competitive and constantly changing business environment.

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