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Government boosts funding for dairy research

The Canadian government has allocated an additional C$1.75 million for the country's dairy research cluster, to help boost milk production and improve the understanding of the health effects of dairy fat.

The funding, focused on sustainable milk production, dairy genetics and genomics, and the nutrition of milk products, will help the industry group Dairy Farmers of Canada work with government scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The funding brings the government’s total investment to C$13.75m since 2013.

"Canada’s dairy sector is among our largest food industries and contributes significantly to the country’s economy. This new investment in research will help boost milk yields and help maintain consumer confidence in the nutritional value of dairy products,” said agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay in a press release.

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