August 15, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the
Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
announced an investment of up to $3,457,985 for SaskCanola to study genomic resistance,
pathology and integrated crop management, which will help improve management practices
and decrease incidences of emerging and established diseases.
The research project aims to further control Blackleg in canola and understand more
about the emerging disease Verticillium Stripe in Canada. This is part of a multi-faceted
approach to ensure increasingly stable trade in the future.
The project, funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience
Program, builds upon a previous announcement up to $12.1 million under the same
program for the Canola Council of Canada to advance the growth and profitability
of the sector.
"Cutting-edge canola research is vital to Canadian canola producers. I'm proud to
announce this federal investment, which will help growers increase yields and stand
out in global markets." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture
"Canadians are proud of our world class canola, which began as a scientific innovation
in Prairie research facilities about 50 years ago. The industry creates thousands
of jobs and opportunities for Canadians, and we're committed to seeing it continue
to thrive." - The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency
Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana
"It is critical for our industry to lead these strategic research goals alongside
partners Canola Council of Canada and Alberta Canola. Our objective is to ensure
farmers have access to the latest technology to manage pests in their operations,
while also providing quality assurance to our global customers." - Bernie McClean,
Research Chair, SaskCanola
- Canola has been the largest crop in Canada in terms of farm cash receipts since
2010, and accounts for more than one-fifth of all cropland.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal,
provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food
- The AgriScience Program is a five-year, $338 million initiative which supports leading
edge discovery, applied science and innovation driven by industry research priorities.