Government of Canada Provides Funding for a Virus-Free Grape Network

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriAssurance program is providing more than $2.3-million in funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN).

The financial support will be used to create a network of certified virus-free grapevines that Canadian growers will be able to plant in their vineyards. 

“Canada’s vineyards have become an important part of our national economy,” says David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “With this funding, the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network will help ensure that growers have access to high-quality, locally-sourced grapevine stock to keep their fields healthy and prosperous.”

Additionally, CGCN will catalogue and test existing samples from Canadian grape growers and create a database that can be used to trace every vine produced through the program to their mother plants, which will further help keep Canada’s vineyards virus-free.

“This funding is instrumental to the creation of a clean-plant network for grapevines in Canada,” says Hans Buchler, chair of the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. “We thank the Minister for the contribution towards CGCN helping growers plant healthy vineyards and continue the tradition of Canada’s vibrant grape and wine industry.” Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2019/06/government-of-canada-invests-in-long-term-growth-of-wine-and-grape-industry.html

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