The federal government is contributing $94,000 to Cook’s Dairy Farm Ltd. in Yarmouth County for the purchase and installation of new wastewater treatment equipment.
Cook’s Dairy Farm currently processes approximately three million litres of raw milk per year into a variety of fluid milk, sour cream, and other drink products.
This investment of $94, 000 will help increase their production capacity and also enable them to satisfy food safety regulatory requirements for organic dairy processing. As a result, the company is expected to stimulate demand for Canadian milk, benefitting local farmers. The equipment will also benefit the environment by helping the company be more effective in treating the wastewater effluent from milk processing.
“This new waste water treatment equipment supports our ongoing commitment to being good stewards of the land,” said Don Cook, General Manager Cook’s Dairy Farm Ltd. “The investment will also support our development as a certified organic dairy.”
West Nova MP Greg Kerr made the announcement Aug. 20 on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. This repayable contribution is being delivered through the Agricultural Flexibility Fund’s AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up-to-$50-million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s agri-processing sector. In May federal funding of $301,876 was announced to help Cook’s Dairy upgrade its processing facilities.