The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced an investment of over $860,000 towards the Rural Municipality of Bifrost Excess Water Management Model initiative to help develop a more comprehensive approach to a sustainable water management system for agricultural lands. The Rural Municipality of Bifrost will also provide an in-kind contribution of $24,000.
The initiative will help develop a producer-municipal- government partnership to study, make recommendations and create an action plan to manage excess moisture on agricultural land in the R.M. of Bifrost. When developed, the model can be used by other jurisdictions facing similar circumstances.
“Manitoba producers are responsible stewards of the land and understand that flood management and excess water on fields affects the delicate balance between nature and sustainable agriculture land use,” said Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers. “This new water management approach can have a major impact on how we work with producers in the future to improve how we address the challenges of flooded agricultural land in Manitoba and across Canada.”
“Through the Economic Action Plan, our government is proud to invest in sustainable agriculture practices that generate results locally and globally,” said MP James Bezan (Selkirk Interlake) on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This support will allow Manitoba producers to continue to improve on-farm water management, thereby lowering their costs and increasing their productivity.”
The AgriFlexibility fund is an up-to-$500-million initiative to help implement new initiatives that will help the agriculture sector adapt to pressures and improve its competitiveness by funding projects that reduce production costs, improve environmental sustain-ability, promote innovation and respond to market challenges.