By Marianne Curtis
It may have been a rough year for the agricultural community but their commitment to feeding the hungry in other counties continues. Throughout the region, crop reports have been coming in on the successes of the Canadian Foodgrains grow projects.
Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) a number of grain producers in the region have donated portions of their crops or planted specifically to support the program.
According to Harold Penner, CFGB Manitoba Resource Coordinator, there are a few projects scattered through the region in the communities of Landmark, St. Pierre and Niverville.
“It’s great to see people traveling between communities and supporting each other,” stated Penner. “Together we make a huge difference in this world.”
In mid August harvesting began in St. Pierre with four fields of oats being harvested, said Ron Tone, who was involved with the HELP project.
“I got into this because I wanted to help,” explained Tone. “I was in Africa for three years so I know what they go through with the drought and no food, so I am proud to help out.”
On August 21 local farmers in Landmark harvested 93 acres of wheat. At the time of this publication, Niverville just harvested 200 acres of canola, but final numbers were not available.
In Manitoba over 4,200 acres are used to produce crops that will provide food for people in need through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The organization is a partnership of Canadian church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians in an effort to end hunger.
Nationally the CFGB has delivered $514,717,753 worth of programming and shipped 1,005,725 metric tonnes of food and seeds to 76 countries around the world.