Nova Scotia apple growers will replace older apple trees with a new variety thanks to a $235,000 annual investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Waldo Walsh, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association, signed a five-year agreement today, Nov. 3, that will see about 240 hectares (600 acres) of new apple trees planted. “We are pleased to support the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association and their vitalization strategy for the apple industry through this orchard renewal program,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recognizes that this is a great opportunity to help sustain this important Nova Scotia industry in rural communities.” About 240 hectares (600 acres) of honeycrisp apple trees will be planted over the life of the agreement. The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association will administer the program. “Our vitalization strategy is a long-term, integrated plan that allows the apple industry to remain sustainable for many years to come,” said Mr. Walsh. “We are pleased that the Nova Scotia government is sharing our vision of a successful industry through this investment.” There are 115 members in the association with a farm gate value of $13 million.