OTTAWA - The National Plant and Animal Health Planning Forum opened in Ottawa. The Forum is hosting representatives from across federal and provincial governments, industry and academia, to identify and discuss the actions needed to strengthen the protection of plant and animal health in Canada.
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"This forum presents a unique opportunity to identify and discuss the actions that we need to take together to develop a national plant and animal health strategy. We need to work together, build on our successes, learn from our challenges and take a greater proactive, integrated and preventive approach to protecting Canadian agriculture," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
The objective of the Forum is to build a national strategy for plant and animal health which will be built on a vision shared by all participating partners. It will focus on strengthening Canada's agriculture sector through innovation, collaboration, and risk prevention.
"A national integrated plant and animal health strategy developed with industry leadership, and in full collaboration with provincial and federal governments, is a significant step forward not only for stakeholders, but for Canadians and their communities, increasing their trust in Canadian agriculture," said Phil Boyd, Executive Director, Turkey Farmers of Canada.
A draft strategy will be available in the new year for public consultation. Learn more about the Plant and Animal Health Strategy, and share your ideas on strengthening plant and animal health today.
SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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