Investing in innovation in Canada's egg industry

Canadian Poultry magazine
July 03, 2018
By Canadian Poultry magazine
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Canadian Poultry magazine
Canada's hardworking farmers are the backbone of Canada's economy, ensuring families across Canada and around the world have safe, high-quality food on their tables. The Canadian egg industry is a vital part of the Canadian economy, contributing over $1 billion a year and employing 17,000 people.

Today, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment for the egg industry to assist in the development of an electronic scan to determine the gender and fertility of eggs, helping to increase the capacity and efficiency of hatcheries.

The Government of Canada is providing $844,000 to the Egg Farmers of Ontario to study ways to minimize waste and take a major step forward to address animal welfare matters.

"The Canadian egg industry is driving our economy and creating good jobs. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Egg Farmers of Ontario for this first-of-its-kind study that will make Canada a world leader in animal welfare. This investment will help pilot a solution that will be welcomed both in Canada and around the world and will keep the egg industry strong and growing," said Minister MacAulay.

The current project is likely to lead to the commercial adoption of the imaging technology that enables eggs to be non-invasively scanned soon after they are laid.

This project is supported by the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a funding initiative that helps the farming sector to remain competitive by piloting solutions to new and ongoing challenges.

"With today's announcement, the government has taken a significant step in supporting innovation in Canada's egg sector. This investment in cutting-edge research offers new technology and processes that will help continuously improve and strengthen the entire egg supply chain—in Canada and around the world," said Roger Pelissero, chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada.

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