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Ont. carrot producers get rural development funds

Ontario’s rural economic development program will put up over $400,000 for two producers and processors of fresh-peeled carrots to expand their operations.

Derewlany Mini Carrots and FDM Produce, which operate in Middlesex and Norfolk counties, will get up to $412,600 to help double their carrot acreage from 175 to 350 acres.

The funds will also go toward improving grading and packaging of carrots through skills training and machinery improvements, and will provide “opportunities to retain employees and create local jobs,” the province said in a release Friday.

“Funding this project enables Derewlany Mini Carrots and FDM Produce to retain existing employees and provide opportunities for new seasonal jobs in these rural communities,” Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky said in the province’s release.

Derelawny, based near London, narrowed its focus in the early 1980s from vegetable crops to mini-carrots, and started selling peeled mini-carrots in the early 1990s.

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