Funds up to $2 million have been earmarked by federal and provincial governments for Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming (MVIP) for Ontario’s 500 grape growers. The program will accept applications that implement new technologies to supply high-quality grapes to Ontario wine producers. The intake process will open on March 5, 2020. Application forms are available at Agricorp.com
Eligible activities for funding include:
- Equipment to help improve grape growing practices
- Infrastructure to enhance vineyard irrigation
- Projects to acquire environmental monitoring equipment
- Consultation with a viticulture (vine growing) expert for new technology and innovation
- Implementation of testing for pest management, including viral diseases
- Installation of non-acoustical pest management systems such as bird netting, night guard retrofit, electric fencing.
Up to 35 per cent of eligible costs will be reimbursed to eligible vineyard activity up to $100,000 per vineyard.
"Today's announcement of $2 million, fifth year of the Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP) highlights the importance of research and new technologies to enhance the sustainability of Ontario's 18,000 acres of vineyards and recognizes that local grapes matter,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
Source: OMAFRA February 10, 2020 news release