Feds fund grape virus data bank

LtoR MP Chris Bittle, Minister David Lametti, Bill Schenck (CGCN), MP Vance Badawey, Jim Reschke (Konzelmann)

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The federal agriculture department is investing more than $2.3 million to help the grape industry establish a data bank that will help keep vineyards free of viruses.

The money goes to the Canadian Grapevine Certification which catalogue and assess existing samples from nurseries and grape growers across Canada.

A database will then be used to trace back every vine produced through this program and planted in a grower’s vineyard back to the mother plants.

This will help the CGCN keep Canada’s vineyards virus free, the government said.

Minister David Lametti

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