Why do the FSRI eligibility criteria specify that an applicant must demonstrate practical farming skills, technological knowledge and experience in technological-based farming practice that will immediately transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary production industry?

In the past, applicants who successfully established rural farm businesses consistent with existing Manitoba farm operations and investment levels displayed the characteristics of having farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices, and language skills that were immediately adaptable or transferable to Manitoba. The technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices were being employed by the successful applicant in their existing farm business.

Applicants with farming as their business intention who previously did not employ similar technological based farming practices on their farm operation, or have suitable language skills were less likely to be successful in establishing a farm business in rural Manitoba.