Source: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to see that today’s announcement of a $10 billion investment by the Government of Canada and the Canada Infrastructure Bank underscored the importance of growth within Canada’s agricultural sector to Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This investment committed $2 billion into expanding high-speed broadband, and another $1.5 billion to irrigate additional acres across Canada. CCA believes that these investments will help strengthen our rural communities.
“CCA continues to advocate on the importance of targeted Government investments in underserved communities to help ensure rural Canada remains an attractive place to live, work and raise families,” said Bob Lowe, CCA President. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of broadband internet access as we depended on internet-based services to meet virtually with Canadian beef producers and many producers faced challenges in participating due to reliable internet.”
In addition, the investment in water and irrigation projects will also result in positive benefits for Canadian beef producers.
“Increased access to irrigation will help producers achieve higher and more consistent yields, while mitigating the risk of varied weather patterns,” continued Lowe.
CCA will continue to engage with the Government of Canada on these investments to ensure that the funds are distributed to projects that will support beef producers and rural communities, while contributing to Canada’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots.
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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association