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Growing Forward 2 strategic initiatives programs respond to the challenges and opportunities faced by Manitoba agriproducers and agriprocessors, including:
In Manitoba, the federal and provincial governments will invest $176 million over five years on strategic initiatives, which represents an increase of $50 million from the previous agreement.
Seven programs have been developed for Manitoba with input from the industry and will be administered through Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD).
This program builds strong foundations by advancing assessment, adoption and implementation of environmental, food safety, animal welfare, plant and animal health, biosecurity and traceability systems and activities that support national initiatives, as well as conserve and enhance ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape. Programs and initiatives included under Growing Assurance include:
This program cultivates activities directed at research and on-farm innovation by providing financial support for state-of-the-art organizations and agencies that conduct innovation-driven projects. Initiatives include:
Growing Competitiveness: Advances competitive business skills
This program builds businesses and business leaders skills and knowledge through group training and individual training for young farmers, farmers, agrifood and agriproduct processors. Initiatives include:
This program boosts industry capacity by assisting agricultural and rural organizations. Funding is available to help develop and implement strategic plans that position the organization to lead the sector forward.
This program advances industry-led strategies by providing targeted funding to agricultural organizations, including industry-based strategies along the entire value chain, for development related to market-based opportunities and challenges.
This program assists farms and agriprocessors transformational activities that promote value added product development, commercialization and bringing innovation to market.
This program is directed at secure water management projects, helping to create sustainable systems to secure adequate, quality water supplies for agricultural, agrifood and agribusiness purposes in rural areas.