The federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are providing up to $130,000 in financial assistance to two farm businesses in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. This financial assistance is being provided through component 1, agri-environmental interventions by farm businesses, of the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) Prime-Vert program, under the Canada-Quebec Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement. The objective of the Prime-Vert program is to help farm businesses and other stakeholders in the bio-food industry to work in a way that takes into consideration environmental protection, which is one of the fundamental principles of sustainable development.
Ferme la Ferme Berlégo in Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska and Ferme Viplaine enr. in Saint-Arsène will each receive $65,000 in assistance for their respective projects to build animal waste storage facilities for next-generation businesses.
“Environment is an absolute priority of our Government. By helping producers to develop essential infrastructure to protect the environment, we are ensuring that agricultural development is carried out in a sustainable manner and that the sector stays at the heart of the economy in our regions.”
– Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Our land is a precious resource. We must strive to take care of it and keep it healthy, both for ourselves and for future generations. Supporting initiatives that integrate sustainable development into the production of our food is a priority for our government. Helping partners in the bio-food sector to preserve our environment while remaining competitive is an action that we are taking for our children, while also stimulating investment in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.”
– André Lamontagne, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
The Prime-Vert program is intended for farm businesses or organizations, depending on the component, that are recognized by MAPAQ.
For 2019-2020, the Prime-Vert program has a budget of nearly $25 million from the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada.
The Canada-Quebec agreement on the implementation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership provides for a total of $293 million in funding from the Government of Canada (60%) and the Government of Quebec (40%) over a five-year period, from 2018 to 2023. This agreement supports strategic initiatives that will help the sectors to grow, innovate and prosper.