From a news release
Ontario may soon be home to thousands of acres of Hazelnut orchards.
The federal government is investing up to $492,052 to the Ontario Hazelnut Association (OHA) to help develop the hazelnut industry.
This investment enables the OHA to develop orchard management practices to enhance early development of hazelnut trees, develop strategies to mitigate drought stress in nursery trees and establish production techniques to multiply hazelnut plants for commercial use.
The project is being conducted in partnership with the University of Guelph and Ferrero Canada.
“This project has been making significant research contributions to the development of the hazelnut industry in Ontario by creating new innovations in micropropagation, variety selection, and orchard management,” said Linda Grimo, Chair of the Ontario Hazelnut Association. “This new crop has enormous potential for Ontario and this support has brought us much closer to realizing our goal of establishing 10,000 hectares in the province by 2027 and creating new economic opportunities for rural communities.”
Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos announced the funding on Oct. 12, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.