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Funding made available for P.E.I. perennial crop growers

Crisp apples are even sweeter with the fall weather. Photo courtesy of Pauline Wells
Apples. File photo courtesy of Pauline Wells - Contributed

A new partnership between the federal and provincial governments means more cash available for perennial crop growers on P.E.I.

The Perennial Crop Development Program was announced Monday. It will allow perennial crop growers to receive assistance of 50 per cent of the costs, up to a maximum of $40,000, for expenses like new technology and equipment that adds efficiency, quality or otherwise adds value to a crop.

Perennial crops refer to plants that produce a product every year, of which there are a number produced on P.E.I. like strawberries, blueberries and apples.

 “Perennial crops provide both ecological and economic benefits, and this program will support innovations in production and storage practices,” said Agriculture Minister Robert Henderson.

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