NewsBusinessAlberta Invests $117.7 million More in Irrigation System Upgrades

Alberta Invests $117.7 million More in Irrigation System Upgrades

-

The following piece is from our sister publication, the Alberta Seed Guide

Following last fall’s $815-million investment in irrigation system upgrades, the Alberta government, Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and 10 irrigation distracts are investing another $117.7 million to modernize irrigation infrastructure and increase water storage in southern Alberta, a Nov. 12 news release says.

The irrigation modernization project is the largest of its kind in Alberta history and has the potential to create 7,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs and contribute up to $477 million to the province’s GDP ever year.

“This is a momentous point in history for Alberta’s agriculture industry, with nearly a billion dollars invested in our farmers, processors and the communities they support. This investment will allow them to make even more high-quality, safe food to help feed the world,” Nate Horner, provincial minister of agriculture, forestry and rural economic development, says in the release.

The expanded investment of nearly a billion dollars has the potential to expand irrigation by up to 230,000 acres, almost 15 per cent more than the current 1.44 million irrigated acres in the affected irrigation districts, the release notes.

“We would like to thank the Government of Alberta and the CIB for the additional investment into the Irrigating Alberta infrastructure initiative. This is truly a transformational investment for the Alberta irrigation sector and agriculture industry,” David Westwood, manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation District, says in the release.

Related Articles

P.E.I. Potato Growers Get Access to More Water for Irrigation

Lethbridge College Receives Funds to Map Irrigation Watering

Decades in the Making

Trending This Week

Unwashed raw fresh potatoes

THIS is the Year I Can Put the Most Dollars in Potato Growers’ Pockets

If I were a potato, this is not the year I’d have chosen to grow. First, spuds grown across nearly all of the western half...
Tubers infected with potato wart

P.E.I. Potato Wart Discovery Sees All U.S. Potato Exports Halted

0
After potato wart was found in P.E.I. this year, all potato exports from the Island to the U.S. have been temporarily halted by the...
Canola

Are Cover Crops an Answer to Mitigating Climate Change?

0
There is a lot of talk about climate change. Many people point to agriculture as one of the potential sources to the answer of...
French fries

North American French Fry Exports Jump 32.5 Per cent

0
French fry processors in North American exported 32.5 per cent more french fries and other frozen potato products to offshore markets during the third...
Potato plants growing in a field

European Potato Growers Harvest Good Potato Crop

0
Despite a wet summer with slow and difficult harvesting conditions potato growers in Europe were able to harvest a good potato crop, but increased...