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Canadian governments help maple syrup producers recover from extreme weather

Staff writer |
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell announced an investment of up to $950,000 to help Nova Scotia maple syrup producers.

The will be helped with the recovery costs to re-establish sap collection systems damaged by excessive snowfall during the winter of 2015.

Farm cash receipts in Nova Scotia for maple industries totalled close to $4 million in 2014. Excessive snowfall in 2015 caused significant damage and severe setbacks for Nova Scotia’s maple syrup industry.

Approximately 40 percent of the trees could not be tapped in 2015 because of damage from extreme snow levels.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Maple Sector Initiative is being delivered under the AgriRecovery Framework, which allows governments to respond to unforeseen disasters that result in extraordinary costs for producers.

Producers are encouraged to continue to make full use of existing business risk management programs (AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest) designed to help them mitigate losses due to disaster events.

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