Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on February 18 announced an investment of $4 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) to further strengthen the poultry industry's role within the Canadian agri-food sector.
The research will focus on helping the poultry processing industry remain competitive, while addressing consumer concerns about poultry welfare and environmental preservation. This will include developing new vaccines, reducing the environmental footprint of poultry farms and providing poultry farmers access to high-caliber training opportunities.
While industry leadership and investment are key to the success of this cluster, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) researchers will collaborate in priority areas, including developing viable alternatives to the use of dietary antibiotics in chicken production.
"The Canadian poultry industry is a key contributor to Canadian agriculture and our overall economy," said Ritz. "Collaborative research investments such as these advance the sustainable production and profitability of the Canadian poultry industry, while further improving animal health."
Roelef Meijer, chair of the Canadian Poultry Research Council, stated: "Canada's poultry industry has made embracing innovation part of the industry's vision in recognition of the need to be dynamic and to foster efficiency for farmers and our industry partners. This announcement of funding for a second Poultry Science Cluster is a substantial contribution to the sector's future. It will enable researchers to find more immediate answers to industry issues and to provide important information to farmers, stakeholders and consumers."