Hensall, Ont. – The federal government is investing close to $1 million towards the research and development of new bean varieties designed to improve crop yield and quality.
The Ontario Bean Producers’ Marketing Board (OBPMB) will receive $840,000 in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The Ontario Coloured Bean Growers Association, the OBPMB, the University of Guelph, and AAFC began working together on a comprehensive Bean Breeding Program three years ago.
As well as developing varieties with greater disease resistance, higher yields and lower input costs, the investment will go towards advancing the Canadian dry bean industries in international markets.
Approximately 60 per cent of Canada’s dry beans are produced in Ontario. The export market in 2010 for beans was $236 million.
The investment comes through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products initiative, under the federal-provincial, territorial Growing Forward program.