Food security will be one of my main goals as Premier of Nova Scotia. Working with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, I have crafted a vision for agriculture here at home. This key industry spans generations of Nova Scotians who one day will look toward our youth to take the lead in supplying agricultural products across the Province.
With a significant portion of land in Nova Scotia classified as agricultural land, we must act now to ensure the sustainability of this industry.
Land Improvement Fund
The agricultural sector has been clear, when it comes to the need for investments in land improvements as well as drainage and irrigation. As Premier I am committed to the creation of a Land Improvement Fund that will be accessible by the agriculture industry for a period of 5 years with $10 million annual investment.
This fund will allow Farmers to improve their land and therefore increase production.
Commitment To Supply Management & Food Security
During COVID-19, we witnessed the benefits of supply chain management with stable pricing and adequate supply. My commitment comes at a time when we saw first-hand the importance of relying on interprovincial products and supplies during COVID-19. As Premier, I will maintain our supply management system and work with the sector to ensure that we are providing the necessary food security for Nova Scotians.
Creating A Farmland Trust
I am committed to working with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to establish a Farmland Trust. This commitment will ensure we are protecting critical farming resources across the Province and preserving important farmland for generations.
Investment in Key Infrastructure
For our agricultural industry to flourish, we must invest in infrastructure projects to support the movement of goods to market. In my transportation and infrastructure announcement I stated that connecting our province through investments in cell and internet access, as well as twinned highways. A connected province will create access to revenues and product access across the province.