The Ontario agriculture ministry has announced $60 million in two-year SDRM-like funding for the province’s edible horticulture sector. Funding was announced in Ontario’s fall economic statement.
“We understand that no application process is needed for any grower already enrolled in the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) programs,” says Mark Wales, chair of the safety nets section of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). “That number is about 2,100.”
Monies are projected to flow in the spring of 2018 based on Allowable Net Sales for 2016. The same will occur in the spring of 2019 based on Allowable Net Sales for 2017.
For those growers not actively participating in SDRM, a window early in the new year will be open to receive applications for funding in both eligible years. Growers will be required to supply a premises ID number and/or 2016 tax data. Full program details will be available on the Agricorp website early in the new year.
“We continue to communicate to government that horticultural growers face daunting challenges to compete in a global marketplace with perishable produce,” says Wales.