Cavendish Farms has officially opened it’s new $12.5 million Research Centre in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, the company says in a news release on Sept. 17.
“This is another step to help support potato growers and the potato industry on the Island,” Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms, says in the release. “Our goal is to help address the specific challenges faced by growers here on Prince Edward Island.”
The facility is fully funded by Cavendish Farms and will have six state-of-the-art greenhouses, the release notes. Different lines of potatoes with promising traits such as superior yields, size characteristics, and a reduced environmental footprint specific to soil, climatic and seasonal conditions on P.E.I. will be evaluated.
“Cavendish Farms’ investment in this important research will benefit all potato growers and the entire industry. It will help ensure the sustainability of our potato crops,” Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, says in the release.
The Cavendish Farms Research Centre created four full-time and up to 12 seasonal jobs, the release notes.