The Mutz family at Berry Haven Farm hosted federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and local MP Jatai Sidhu on July 4. Funding of $3.6 million will be made to the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association (LMHIA).
This project builds on research conducted through funding received under previous agricultural policy frameworks. It will have an expanded scope of activities with enhanced cross-commodity cooperation between berry producers across a variety of disciplines, including breeding, pathology, horticultural management and entomology.
“Access to the best cultivars of blueberry, raspberry and strawberry is essential for our local berry growers because they are striving to deliver the highest quality fruit to customers in both domestic and international markets,” said David Mutz, treasurer, LHMIA. “This is why LMHIA is so excited to partner with the federal government to continue our long-term effort in breeding of new berry cultivars, developing better horticultural methods and improving control of economically important pests and diseases. This work is truly central to sustaining our competitiveness with other regions and ensuring a future for Canadian berry growers.”
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada July 4, 2019 news release