The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) will receive more than $2.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriAssurance program to create a network of certified, virus-free grapevines. The support will ensure the long-term viability of the Canadian grape and wine sectors.
As part of this project, CGCN will catalogue and assess existing samples from nurseries and grape growers across Canada. A database will then be used to trace back every vine produced through this program and planted in a grower's vineyard back to the mother plants. This will help the CGCN keep Canada's vineyards virus-free.
"This funding is instrumental to the creation of a clean plant network for grapevines in Canada,” said Hans Buchler, chair, CGCN.
The network includes the Grape Growers of Ontario, the British Columbia Wine Grape Council, l'Association des vignerons du Québec and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada June 15, 2019 news release