Minister Macaulay with Canadian Horticulture Council President Brian Gilroy. (Submitted photo)

Money for research into new technologies for horticulture

The Canadian horticulture sector represents over $5 billion in sales and $2.6 billion in exports and supports thousands of jobs across the country.

Money is now flowing from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to the Horticulture Cluster to the tune of $11.5 million.

Another $6.5 million will be added by the industry.

The cluster is expected to support cutting-edge research to develop new technologies and practices for better pest and disease management, post-harvest storage and handling for apples, berries, field vegetables, potatoes and greenhouse grown crops and strategies to improve soil health.

The goal is to also support sustainable practices to reduce the environmental footprint and develop new crop varieties to keep our growers profitable and competitive.

“CHC is thrilled to again be entering into a valued partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on its AgriScience Cluster Program. This important funding allows us to broaden the scope of research for many different fruits and vegetables and address key issues, such as pest management tools, labour, production costs, and variety evaluation. AAFC’s Cluster program will help to ensure Canadian farmers can continue to grow fruits and vegetables of the highest quality, while supporting the sector’s competitiveness in an ever-changing world,” said Brian Gilroy, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is a not-for-profit, national association that represents fruit and vegetable growers across Canada involved in the production of over 120 different types of crops on over 14,237 farms.

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, made the announcement on behalf of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food at the Canadian Horticultural Council Annual General Meeting in Halifax.