Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 27, 2015 10:46 ET

Harper Government Invests in Biocontrol Research for Canada's Greenhouse Sector

VINELAND STATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2015) - Member of Parliament Dean Allison, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $143,260 to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to conduct research into improving the use of biological controls for pest and disease management for the Canadian greenhouse sector.

This investment will enable the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to deliver effective new and existing biocontrol products such as biopesticide treatments, demonstrate efficient spraying and trapping techniques, and develop a framework for growers to adopt more biological pest management practices.

The goal is to enhance the sustainability of the Canadian greenhouse industry, delivering economic benefits and growth opportunities along the value chain while enabling the development of more effective and cost-efficient biocontrol products and practices.

Quick Facts

  • The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Inc. (Vineland) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated by the province of Ontario in 2007 for the purpose of advancing horticultural research and innovation to support the production of healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable way.
  • Canada has 23 million square metres of production greenhouses which supply both domestic and export markets, employ thousands and are a significant contributor to the Canadian economy.
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Quotes

"Vineland Research & Innovation Center exemplifies one of the great stories of hard-work and dedication, that the Niagara region has to offer. The Horticultural & Agricultural Industries are growing and is a major economic contributor to our riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook and to Canada. With over 100 years of excellence in research and the development of new technologies, our Government is proud to work with the exceptional individuals at Vineland Research & Innovation Center to help cultivate a competitive, modern and world-class agricultural sector for the future."

  • Member of Parliament Dean Allison

"The Canadian greenhouse industry is a world leader in the use of biological control, which now underpins most pest and disease management strategies. Today's investment will allow researchers to further address key plant protection and production efficiency priorities identified by the greenhouse sector."

  • Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Research Director, Horticultural Production Systems

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