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Quebec portion of Canadian Agriculture Partnership launched in Montreal

The agriculture sector brings in big bucks for Canada.

The Quebec and federal governments have announced the implementation of a new partnership to provide funding for the agriculture and agri-food sector.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his provincial counterpart, Laurent Lessard, launched the Quebec arm of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Friday in Montreal.

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Ottawa will contribute 60 per cent of the $293 million over the next five years, while Quebec will fund 40 per cent.

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The president of Quebec’s professional farmers’ union says the money could be used in many ways, including finding alternatives to pesticides.

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The policy framework will be used to support agricultural initiatives such as agri-tourism circuits, innovations in environmental practices or advisory programs.

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Federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers reached an agreement on the key elements of the $3-billion framework in July 2017.

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