New initiative to improve food security in British Columbia
Added on 14 September 2022
The B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation will bring together academia, government and industry partners to create more productive, diverse and resilient food-supply chains. While the centre will be located at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus, it will use the skills of experts from several post-secondary institutions, including KPU.
The provincial government is committing $6.5 million over three years to the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation, and the federal government is providing as much as $10 million over five years through Pacific Economic Development Canada. Although the centre is scheduled to open in September, it has already begun taking applications from small and medium-sized agriculture technology businesses throughout the province. The centre will focus on developing, testing and piloting solutions in simulated and real-world environments to be farm-ready for commercialization.
One project KPU is moving forward through the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation is with Aeroroot Systems, a Surrey-based startup company that commercializes sustainable agriculture through growing systems and passive greenhouses. The KPU team will be optimizing growing methods of basil through aeroponics - the process of growing plants in an air-based system - while developing solutions to combat potential pests and diseases.
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Source: Greenhouse Canada