Harper Government Invests to Grow Canadian Seed Sector

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN — (Marketwired) — 07/09/14 — Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of over $836,000 to the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association to develop a rapid data management system for seed crop certification.

The new data management system, developed in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, replaces the three-part paper forms of the past allowing licensed seed crop inspectors to submit reports electronically, sometimes straight from the field, saving time and money. This modernized seed crop certification tool ensures the continued production of high-quality, variety-specific seed and provides assurance that seeds are produced, inspected and graded in accordance with established standards.

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“The seed sector is the basis for all crop production in Canada. Having a modernized seed certification system in place will provide markets with reliable access to consistently high-quality seed varieties and ensure that Canadian seeds remain competitive both domestically and internationally.”

– Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski

“We’re committed to alternative service delivery for seed crop inspection in Canada, while maintaining the integrity and reputation Canada has developed with certified seed. As an example of this progress to date, we’ve gone from very few seed crop inspection applications being made electronically to over 90% in just one year.”

– Dale Adolphe, Executive Director of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association

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