NWT agriculture gets a boost from feds, GNWT

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The federal and territorial governments announced a $400,000 investment into the NWT’s agriculture sector.

Kevin Wallington, Choice North Farms business development manager, says the announcement is a significant step in the continued growth of the territory’s commercial food sector.

A press release says the investments will be used for three projects in Hay River.

Riverside Growers is receiving over $118,000 to double its growing space while making processing and packing lines more efficient.

Greenwood Gardens is receiving over $111,000 to expand their greenhouse production enabling them to grow more high value crops including tomatoes and cucumbers. The greenhouse will also allow for an earlier start and extended growing season.

Choice North Farms is receiving $180,000 to increase quality control, improve operational efficiency and open up new markets in the NWT.

Caroline Wawzonek, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, says this is latest in the GNWT’s 2017 strategy to grow the commercial agriculture sector.


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