Canada Or­ganic Trade As­so­ci­a­tion pleased

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agriculture - GLOBE NEWSWIRE

The Canada Or­ganic Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (COTA) is de­lighted that gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try are suc­cess­fully col­lab­o­rat­ing to meet the 2020 dead­line for up­dat­ing the Cana­dian Or­ganic Stan­dards, and that gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing $8.3 mil­lion to­wards or­ganic agri­cul­ture re­search.

“As the fastest-grow­ing sec­tor in Cana­dian agri­cul­ture, we have a keen in­ter­est in en­sur­ing that Canada’s Or­ganic Stan­dards are up­dated to re­flect the lat­est trends, re­search and in­no­va­tions within the or­ganic grow­ing and pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries,” said Tia Lofts­gard, COTA’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “We are thrilled by Min­is­ter Ma­cAulay’s an­nounce­ment of gov­ern­ment fund­ing of $292,555 to­wards up­dat­ing the Cana­dian Or­ganic Stan­dards, and are very pleased by the sup­port for or­ganic science re­search.”

“With the gov­ern­ment’s tar­get of $75 bil­lion in agri­cul­tural ex­ports by 2025, it is cru­cial that boom­ing sec­tors like or­ganic be pro­vided with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to thrive in the global mar­ket­place,” said Dag Falck, COTA’s board pres­i­dent. “We are pleased to see gov­ern­ment recog­ni­tion and the need to step up to sup­port and build on the im­pres­sive mo­men­tum of Cana­dian or­gan­ics, keep­ing our sec­tor com­pet­i­tive with our largest trad­ing part­ners.

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