Orchard Renewal Program Receives Additional Funding

Agriculture

April 8, 2009 8:52 AM

The province is assisting apple growers who plant more profitable varieties of apples with $200,000 in additional funding for the Orchard Renewal program.

The funding will allow more apple growers to replant orchards in 2009 with varieties such as honeycrisp, gala, and ambrosia. The varieties offer growers high rates of return in the marketplace.

"More than 129,000 apple trees have been planted in the province since this extremely successful program was launched five years ago," said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. "Based on a strong strategy developed by the Fruit Growers Association and the tremendous response from industry, the association is working to emphasize the profitable aspects of several new varieties of apples."

The Honeycrisp Orchard Renewal Program began in 2005 with a commitment of $1.175 million. In 2008, the province contributed an additional $235,000 to meet the growers' demand.

"This program has allowed the apple industry to grow during an economically challenging period, and remain a leader in Canada," said Dela Erith, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association. "We have had great participation from industry and consumers are enjoying delicious new apple varieties."

The value of the apple industry in Nova Scotia is about $50 million. The sector, composed primarily of small and medium-sized enterprises in the agriculture and food industry, is well-positioned to grow local and export markets.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province is assisting apple growers who plant more

profitable varieties of apples with 200-thousand-dollars in

additional funding for the Orchard Renewal program.

     The funding will allow more apple growers to replant

orchards with varieties such as honeycrisp, gala, and ambrosia.

These varieties offer growers high rates of return in the

marketplace.

     Agriculture Minister Mark Parent says more than 129-thousand

apple trees have been planted in the province since the program

was launched in 2005.

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Media Contacts: Tim Conrad
                Department of Agriculture
                902-424-8258
                E-mail: conradts@gov.ns.ca

                Dela Erith
                Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association
                902-678-1093
                E-mail: derith@nsapples.com