The very first Dehcho Agriculture Conference took place in Fort Simpson March 2-4, 2017.
The three-day workshop kicked off with a youth-focused day that welcomed 25 elementary and high school students and a total of 77 delegates from Fort Simpson, Jean Marie River, Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Sambaa Ke and Wrigley took part over the next two days.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s (ITI) Dehcho Regional Office hosted and organized the conference in association with the Government of Canada’s Growing Forward II Program. The conference also featured the release of the NWT’s first-ever Agriculture Strategy - The Business of Food: A Food Production Plan.
Through investments in agriculture conferences, education and training such as this, ITI is working to advance the GNWT’s commitments to diversify the economy and increase domestic food production.
Enthusiasm around agriculture has been flourishing in the Dehcho Region and Renalyn Pascua-Matte, ITI’s Manager of Trade and Investment in the Region, says that the recent conference served to expand awareness and interest.
“The Dehcho Agriculture Conference generated a lot of excitement and participants had a chance to learn about a wide range of topics including gardening curriculum for students, farmer’s markets and greenhouse growing. I think we’ll see an even greater level of engagement with the agriculture workshops and training put on in the Dehcho Region this summer,” says Renalyn.
For a copy of the presentations, please contact Renalyn_Pascua-Matte@gov.nt.ca.
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