In Canada, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, highlighted the Government of Canada’s investments in scientific agricultural research during a tour of the AAFC Ottawa Research and Development Centre.
Budget 2017 proposes to invest $70 million over six years, starting in 2017–18, to further support agricultural discovery science and innovation. The focus of this research will be on addressing emerging priorities, such as climate change and soil and water conservation. This investment builds on the Budget 2016’s $30 million commitment over six years for advanced research to mitigate biological threats to agriculture.
Minister MacAulay highlighted these combined investments of $100 million, along with other funds committed in Budget 2017 that will boost innovation in Canada, and help the agriculture sector be more competitive and sustainable. This includes setting a target to grow agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually by 2025.