SAINT-ANDRÉ- Premier David Alward visited a farm today in advance of Open Farm Day to underscore the importance of agriculture to jobs and prosperity in New Brunswick communities.
Alward encouraged New Brunswickers to meet with local farmers and tour their farms on Sunday September 21.
“Open Farm Day is a unique opportunity for all of us to learn more about how New Brunswick’s farmers grow high quality food for our communities and for markets beyond our borders,” said Alward.
“Last year, more than 13,000 New Brunswickers took the opportunity to learn more about the farmers and farms that feed our families and drive our economy.”
New Brunswick food sectors create nearly 20,000 full time jobs and contribute over $2.5 billion to the provincial economy. Alward noted the Progressive Conservative team is saying yes to strengthening local food policies and the development of an Agriculture Action Strategy focused on job creation.
Alward committed to working with farmers and industry on the strategy, which will include a modernized land use policy.
“As a farmer I know how important it is to ensure our land and resources are developed safely and sustainably,” said Alward.
“Our Agriculture Action Strategy will harness research and innovation to ensure our communities can face the future with confidence.”
The strategy would focus on attracting and encouraging new farmers and reducing red tape across the industry.
“New Brunswick farmers are at the heart of job creation in our rural communities and in the communities where their products are processed, packaged, and shipped to market,” said Alward.
“Please take an opportunity to learn more about our local farms on Open Farm Day.”