Victoria, British Columbia -- B.C.'s agrifoods industry is receiving more than $1.4 million for 17 new projects that support innovation throughout the province.
Through the Growing Forward 2 agreement, the governments of Canada and British Columbia have committed a total of $13.4 million to industry between 2013 and 2018 through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program. In 2013-14, 36 projects have shared more than $3.3 million in funding.
The projects announced today include:
- commercializing a system that uses dry processing technology to create food products from B.C. fruits and vegetables not sold as fresh or frozen products.
- the development of a specialized transfer tool to improve the success rate and accessibility of embryo transfers for commercial cattle operations and other agricultural applications.
- field testing several new bio-herbicides for weed control in cranberries.
- Projects funded through the program must have the potential to lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices
- Eligible participants must be appropriately registered, licensed and/or certified to conduct business in British Columbia.
- Growing Forward 2 is a five-year agreement launched in 2013 that provides a $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial government investment in innovation, competitiveness and market development.
- The Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.
- The BC Jobs Plan's Agrifoods Strategy clearly states how innovation and improved competitiveness will help the agriculture sector become a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017.