Nova Scotia Signs Agriculture Agreement

Agriculture and Fisheries (to Feb.23, 2006)

June 27, 2002 4:00 PM

Nova Scotia and eight other provinces and territories signed an
agreement today, June 27, to move forward on a national
agriculture policy.

"This agreement further enables us to offer programs that will
help address issues and priorities within the agriculture
industry," said Ernest Fage, Minister of Agriculture and
Fisheries.

The agreement has five key areas -- food safety and quality,
science and innovation, skills and renewal, the environment and
the management of business risks on the farm.

The federal/provincial/territorial framework agreement on
agriculture and agri-food for the 21st century is a
comprehensive, long-term commitment to the agriculture sector by
the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It aims to
ensure that the Canadian agriculture industry remains a world
leader in food safety and quality and environmental practices and
innovation.

"Now that we have a general broad agreement that lays out the
guidelines, the department can move forward and negotiate the
implementation agreements with the federal government," said Mr.
Fage. "There could be a number of bilateral agreements with the
federal government and we will want to discuss program
development with the industry."

Industry and government consultation has taken place since last
year when in Whitehorse, Yukon, the ministers met and agreed to
develop an action framework.

Mr. Fage noted that the department is already working co-
operatively in a number of areas with the Nova Scotia Federation
of Agriculture in developing future programming in risk
management and environmental farm planning. Furthermore, many
commodity groups are a long way down the road in the development
of food-safety protocols, ability to trace products from supplier
to market, and technology development. Mr. Fage said this
agreement will enhance these initiatives.

He noted that Nova Scotia's agri-food exports exceed $180 million
each year. These programs will further strengthen Nova Scotia
reputation as a supplier of world-class product.

The minister congratulated his colleagues for coming to this
agreement and acknowledged the hard work by the ministers and
officials over the past year in bringing the agreement to a
conclusion.


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     Nova Scotia and eight other provinces and territories signed

an agreement today to move forward on a national agriculture

policy.

     The agreement signed at Province House this afternoon (June

27th) will help address issues and priorities within the

industry.

     Agriculture Minister Ernest Fage says there has been a lot

of discussion leading up to the agriculture agreement. He thanked

all the ministers and their officials for their efforts to reach

this point.

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Contact: Natalie Webster
         Agriculture and Fisheries
         902-424-0192
         E-mail: webstenj@gov.ns.ca

kjd         June 27, 2002      3:56 P.M.