CANADA - British Columbia's agri-food industry is receiving more than C$2.5 million for 27 new projects supporting trial crops, and the development of new agricultural products and practices.
The projects announced include:
- Testing of quinoa, flax, lentil and pea varieties suitable for growing conditions in the Peace Valley region;
- The design and testing of novel, energy-saving LED fixtures to help to grow lettuces, leafy greens, micro-greens, and culinary herbs year-round while reducing energy usage by 40 per cent; and
- Development of commercial raw pet food products sourced from producers in communities around B.C.
The funding comes from the governments of Canada and British Columbia's Growing Forward 2 agreement which provides up to C$13.4 million between 2013 and 2018 through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program.
Projects funded through the program must have the potential to lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices.
So far 63 projects have shared more than C$5.8 million in funding.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said: "Our Government is committed to making investments that advance research and develop new opportunities for producers in our agriculture sector.
"The valuable improvements that result from the diverse projects we are supporting will play a significant role in ensuring that Canada's agricultural industry continues to thrive and compete in the global marketplace."
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