OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - It was with great pleasure that the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) received the announcement that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will contribute $4 million to Canadian poultry research under the AgriInnovation Program (AIP), part of the Growing Forward 2 program.
The announcement was made yesterday at the Arkell Poultry Research Station, University of Guelph on February 18th. Funding will support a Poultry Science Cluster, which CPRC will administer.
A "cluster" brings together multidisciplinary teams of scientists to solve complex problems and to create synergies in research efforts. It is a way to make the most of available resources and supports a strong business case for investing in Canadian poultry research. Pooling intellectual and financial resources to address issues of common interest is a powerful way to maximize the impact of our collective investment in research.
"Our member organizations have made a strong commitment to Canadian poultry research in both funding and resources and take pleasure in partnering with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in this important initiative," said Roelof Meijer, CPRC Chairman and turkey producer from Alberta.
The Poultry Science Cluster provides capacity to resolve many current issues facing the poultry industry. The unique cooperation among scientists, industry partners and government departments across Canada will synergize efforts to address these issues. The scale of the Cluster allows for basic research and more near-term, applied studies that will provide both immediate answers and future information for the poultry and food industries, as well as factors impacting consumer wellbeing.
"The cluster approach allows industry and researchers to take a longer term view than usual when planning and conducting research on important issues for the poultry industry, consumers and society in general," said Meijer. "I offer my thanks to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for the federal government's support of poultry research, which helps to ensure a vibrant and sustainable industry."