By Forrest Scharf, PAg., Provincial Specialist, Fruit Crops
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments intended to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. Some CAP programs are administered by the federal government. The federally administered programs focus on national initiatives in three areas:
The Saskatchewan component of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a $388 million partnership between the federal and provincial governments focused on six strategic areas:
- Science, Research and Innovation
- Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
- Risk Management
- Value-added Agriculture and Agri-food processing
- Public Trust
- Markets and Trade
Many of the strategic areas maintain programs that were identifiable in the former Growing Forward 2 programming. For example, within the Science, Research and Innovation area the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT), Agriculture-Applied Research Management (Agri ARM) and Strategic Research Programs (SRP) were continued with relatively few alterations. Another program well-used by the Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association will continue, with only the name changed from Industry Organization Development Fund (IODF) to Industry Organization Development Program (IODP). IODP has a new focus and places priority on initiatives that support:
- Board governance training/development;
- Strategic planning;
- Board leadership development;
- Board succession planning;
- Emergency preparedness/crisis planning; and
- Amalgamation/rationalization assistance
There are also new features in many of the popular programs like the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP), which now includes a Special Projects component designed for rural water connections and community water development projects (for agricultural uses). The rural water connections component may be significant for value-added processing.
There are also a few new programs, like the Irrigation Program, which supports two streams: the Irrigation Environmental Efficiency Program and the Irrigation Development Program.
Fruit growers are encouraged to read through program descriptions and apply for funding through any program that will help their businesses become more successful.
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