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$3.5 M government investment to support domestic chicken, turkey market

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Canada wants to ensure the growth of domestic chicken and turkey and is investing $3.5 million with the Turkey Farmers of Canada and the Chicken Farmers of Canada to help increase domestic consumption.

The investment is part of a ten-year market development program for turkey and chicken that will provide a total of $19.2 million for the turkey association and $25 million for the chicken organization.

The funding will be used by both organizations for promotional activities to highlight Canadian products and producers.

“The Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken will greatly assist in our sector’s continued promotion of the safe, high-quality chicken that farmers raise with care for Canadians,” says Tim Klompmaker, chair of the Chicken Farmers of Canada. “This program will enhance consumer engagement and continue to showcase Canadian-made products to Canadians.”

Darren Ference, chair of the Turkey Farmers of Canada, adds that the funding will go “a long way to support the turkey sector’s work in reaching consumers and in promoting the wholesome and high-quality turkey raised by Canadian farmers.”

The federal government says the latest investment is part of a broader $3 billion initiative to compensate supply-managed sectors impacted by trade agreements such as CETA and CPTPP, and the government is currently working on compensation for sectors based on the impact of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement. Recent investments to food sectors include:

  • $1.75 billion through the Dairy Direct Payment Program;
  • $647 million through the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program;
  • $292.5 million through the Supply Management Processing Investment Fund;
  • $250 million through the Dairy Farm Investment Program;
  • $100 million through the Dairy Processing Investment Fund; and,
  • $44 million through the Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken.

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