Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 17, 2010 14:23 ET

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Plant Culture Technology

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - The Government of Canada is investing in new plant culture technology that will give farmers access to economically important crops. Today, Member of Parliament Ron Cannan (Kelowna – Lake Country), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced that AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd. will receive up to $88,500 to adopt and house its innovative technology designed to increase the production of important horticultural plant varieties.

"The Government of Canada knows that investments in innovative projects help ensure a bright future for farmers and for the agriculture sector," said MP Cannan. "This facility will create new market opportunities for our growers by giving them better access to the best breeds and plant varieties."

The investment will go towards building a climate-controlled production facility and greenhouse to produce commercially-important plant varieties using new, innovative technology in order to culture plant tissues. The project is expected to create nine jobs in the first three years of the project and increase production and availability of the best varieties of crops for farmers.

"We are honoured to receive this award which will help AgriForest build an environmentally-friendly, photoautotrophic micro-propagation facility. The creation of this facility will not only help AgriForest increase its productivity and profitability but will have sector-wide benefits for the agriculture and horticulture industries of Canada," said Dr. Kamlesh R. Patel, President and CEO of AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.

AgriForest Bio-Technologies have developed a new technique in photoautotrophic micropropogation to make plant production of important Canadian crops more efficient and cost effective. The plantlets produced using this novel technique are high-quality and can withstand adverse growing conditions. Farmers will benefit by having the best horticultural plant varieties available at the right time without delays to the planting cycle.

Funding for this project comes from the Agri-Opportunities Program, a five-year program that focuses on new innovative agri-products, processes or services that are currently not commercially produced or available in Canada and that are ready to be introduced into the marketplace.

For more information on the Agri-Opportunities program please visit

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary