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Feds kick-in case to help growers with changing market

MALAGASH - The federal government is investing up to $2.3 million to help Nova Scotias tree fruit and grape growers meet changing market demand.

Things are just grape, thanks

MALAGASH - The federal government is investing up to $2.3 million to help Nova Scotias tree fruit and grape growers meet changing market demand.

Hans Christian Jost, president of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, said most grape growers are already growing viable species that thrive well in Nova Scotia and would not benefit from the government funded tear out program.

I think there may be interest among the apple growers to tear out their old crops and replace them with grape vines, said Jost, who is also owner of award wining Jost Vineyards in Malagash.

He said the Nova Scotia wine industry is experiencing rapid growth and more grapes are needed to meet the increasing demand.

The newly announced federal Orchards and Vineyards Transition Program will run until 2011, and will help cover some of the costs associated with removing fruit trees or vines in order to plant new varieties and other crops. The program will also help commodity organizations develop long-term marketing and production plans.

The Government of Canada is delivering real action for tree fruit and grape growers as they adapt to new market realities, said Gerald Keddy, South Shore- St. Margarets MP and parliamentary secretary to the minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. We are pleased to be working with the Province of Nova Scotia and industry to help growers make the move to more profitable and viable varieties that will allow them to better compete both at home and in the global marketplace.

The Nova Scotia government has committed $1.5 million in support of the tree fruit and grape and wine sectors in recent years, including the Honeycrisp Orchard Renewal Program that is helping commercial apple growers in Nova Scotia replant orchards with the popular new variety.

Nova Scotias tree fruit and grape industries are showing vision and leadership as they adjust to changing consumer preferences and become more competitive and profitable, said David Morse, Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources. We are making a strategic, long-term investment that will help revitalize and grow these two industries.



Organizations: Winery Association of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, MALAGASH, Canada South Shore

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