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Caroline Wawzonek: Annual FPT Conference of Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Agriculture

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Congratulations Minister Bibeau on persevering with your position because the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food.

Here within the Northwest Territories, agriculture seems to be a bit completely different than it does down South.  Our business is challenged by excessive and numerous climate situations, restricted soil high quality and the remoteness of our communities. Yet regardless of these challenges, we preserve a small, however devoted community of growers, passionate concerning the territory’s agriculture business and its potential.  

These growers present simply accessible meals to some of our residents, supporting their well being and well-being whereas additionally serving to to cut back GHG emissions since regionally produced meals just isn’t flown or trucked in from exterior the territory.

There is robust help rising throughout the NWT for elevated native meals manufacturing, which isn’t any shock as now we have one of the very best charges of family meals insecurity in Canada, with the fragility of our meals provide chain amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The flexibility of the present Canadian Agricultural Partnership program helps handle the individuality of the NWT’s agricultural wants, and the following Policy Framework should preserve this flexibility and acknowledge the business variations throughout Canada when administering this program.

The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon will proceed to collaborate with each other, exploring revolutionary approaches to extend native meals manufacturing, notably in our distant communities. We will invite the suitable federal authorities departments to work with us to assist deliver out the complete potential of Canada’s Northern agriculture business and the residents who profit from it.