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Federal and provincial governments announce $2.76M boost to agri-food research

The 15 Ontario research organizations receiving funds will train 65 students and leverage an additional $1.6M in funding partnerships with industry and non-government organizations.

October 27, 2021  by CM Staff

BLYTH – The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $2.76 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) in Ontario-led agri-food research to try and develop new innovative technologies, practices, and solutions to make the sector more competitive and resilient.

Agri-food research is an important part of Ontario’s plan to bring new technologies and processes to market and address existing issues and gaps in the food supply chain. The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative (OAFRI) is supporting 21 projects that provide Ontarians with more locally grown and made food items while boosting trade and rural economic development.

“New research and innovation like the projects being announced today are vital to keep Ontario farm and food businesses strong and growing,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Our Government will always get behind projects that improve the competitiveness of our sector and support the long-term sustainability of our farmers and processors.”

Projects will focus on enhancing food safety, developing innovative production systems and increasing plant health and protection. Examples of research projects receiving funding include:

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  • Reducing food waste by finding solutions through compostable plastic products and upcycling opportunities.
  • Improving training of workers involved in food processing using digital simulations for more interactive safety training in meat plants.
  • Enhancing detection of plant viruses using new technologies to help avoid production and economic losses and maintain plant health.

“Research is at the core of what we do at ARIO and today’s announcement helps build on the important work we’re doing at the Institute,” said Lorne Hepworth, Chair of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. “We’re proud to work with our government partners on these research projects to drive innovation in Ontario’s agri-food sector and keep our province at the forefront of agrotechnology.”

These research projects offer an opportunity to develop partnerships between industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and government. The 15 Ontario research organizations receiving funds will train 65 students and leverage an additional $1.6M in funding partnerships with industry and non-government organizations.