TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $9.5 million over the next three years to equip farmers with the technology they need to maximize the health of their soil and increase their productivity and profitability.
This new funding in the 2023 Budget: Building a Strong Ontario will help improve soil data mapping and soil evaluation and monitoring. Soil data and interpretive maps support on‐farm decision‐making, enabling farmers to innovate and use technology to improve their long‐term viability so that they can remain competitive in the global market.
“This funding will allow farmers, researchers and others to access critical data to help understand, and adapt to meet the needs of soil management and health protocols provincewide,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This initiative builds on actions outlined in the Grow Ontario Strategy to support the resiliency and growth of the overall food supply sector, while providing beneficial information to understand the needs and potential of the agricultural and agri-food across the province, including Northern Ontario.”
Through this investment, OMAFRA will update the province’s soil maps and information as part of its Soil Resource Inventory (SRI) work.
It will also build the Ontario Agricultural Soil Information System (OASIS). This data and information system will house, manage, and analyze soil data critical to support farming operations. As planting season begins, we want farmers to know that this programming will enable them to make better informed business and land management decisions in tending their own soils for years to come.
“Our government is taking a responsible and targeted approach to support farmers, people and businesses today while laying a strong foundation for future generations,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “This investment is part of our government’s plan to strengthen our agri-food sector so that more local food can be grown here in Ontario.”
The Ontario government’s 2023 budget, Building a Strong Ontario, is helping to drive economic growth, attract jobs and investments, and build key infrastructure projects faster. The government’s plan is also training skilled workers to fill in-demand jobs, keeping costs down for those who need it the most, and providing better services for the people of Ontario.
- Grow Ontario is the provincial government’s plan to strengthen the agri-food sector, fuel economic growth, ensure an efficient, reliable, and responsive food supply and address ongoing agri-food sector vulnerabilities through new innovations.
- By 2032, Ontario’s goal is to increase: the consumption of food grown and prepared in Ontario by 30 per cent, the production of food grown and prepared in Ontario by 30 per cent and Ontario’s food and beverage manufacturing GDP by 10 per cent.
SOURCE Province of Ontario
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