Newfoundland and Labrador Allocates Over $300,000 to Bolster Agricultural Infrastructure
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the allocation of $345,932 for agricultural infrastructure projects aimed at augmenting fruit and vegetable production in the province. Administered through the Agrifoods Assistance program, the funding includes $127,426 designated for eight new entrants to the agriculture sector. These projects are part of a broader initiative to enhance vegetable production, improve soil health, and adapt to climate change challenges.
Among the beneficiaries, Lester’s Farm Market Inc. is set to receive the largest share of the funds, amounting to $75,000. The funds will be used to acquire equipment designed to increase farmland productivity and extend the growing season for fruit crops. Fusion Holdings Ltd. will allocate $50,000 to boost productivity and increase forage sales.
Other recipients include Thomas Williams of Goulds, who has been granted $6,728 for an agricultural sprayer aimed at reducing pesticide usage and improving environmental sustainability. Larry Warren in Springdale will receive $18,134 for upgrades to the vegetable washer and storage facilities, with a focus on enhancing food safety and storage capacity.
Craig Barrett in Whitbourne has been allocated $1,608 to implement a fertilizer application and drip irrigation system. This system aims to improve soil health and facilitate climate change adaptation.
Triple E Farms Ltd., Glenfair Farms Ltd., 86143 NL Inc., Murray’s Horticultural Services Ltd., and Green Farm Innovations Inc. are also among the beneficiaries. They will receive funds for projects ranging from irrigation systems and water pumps to environment-controlled vegetable production systems.