The Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) have received $9.8 million from the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership as part of the AgriScience Program – Clusters Component, an Oct. 11 news release said.
“We are incredibly excited to renew our collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the approval of the Canadian AgriScience Cluster for Horticulture 4,” Marcus Janzen, FVGC vice-president, said in the release. “This program will bolster our efforts in areas such as climate change mitigation, economic development, and sector resilience.”
The release noted the funding builds off of previous cluster investments. It will help to support the development of new varieties, disease management, labour cost-savings, climate resilience, and greener pesticides and energy, with a focus on apples, berries, field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, and potatoes. The goal of this research is to reduce the reliance on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, advance innovative technologies, and create new disease control technology.