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N.S. agri-food firms granted funding

Four Nova Scotia agri-food companies will get funding to help upgrade their production lines and equipment and develop their businesses to the next level.

The provincial government on Monday announced disbursements from its Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund, a four-year program that so far has distributed over $3.2 million of its $6 million budget to firms in the province.

The four recipients “were chosen for their strong business plans and benefits for the agri-food industry as a whole,” Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor said Monday.

The fund only considers applications from businesses whose on-farm infrastructure projects will “impact on the competitiveness of the industry as a whole.”

The businesses, all receiving unspecified amounts from the fund, include:

  • Melvin Farms at Canning, in the Annapolis Valley. The fifth-generation farm, run by Richard and Stephen Melvin, will use the funds to develop a fresh-cut cauliflower line under its VitaBite brand.
  • Farmer John’s Herbs, run by John and Heather Koos, also at Canning. It said it will use the funds to boost production capacity and further develop a fresh Nova Scotia herb processing business.
  • Van Dyk’s Health Juice Products of Caledonia in Queens County, plans to use the funds to expand into the Asian market and increase export sales of its bottled wild blueberry juice.
  • Acadian Maple Products at Upper Tantallon, plans to use the funds to develop and increase capacity for maple industry processing and packing.

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