Alberta Innovates has launched the Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program which allows for researchers and technology developers to access funding all year round, a June 23 news release said.
“Developing and implementing technology to grow the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors is crucial for Alberta. From genetic yield improvement to automation and biofibres, these technologies will be important steps toward addressing global food security and demand for sustainable material,” John Zhou, chief cleantech officer and vice president of Clean Resources, said in the release.
The fund is being stocked with $10 million over three years to support projects that develop and advance technologies that increase productivity, enhance competitiveness, boost the value of agriculture and forestry commodities, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, the release said. Projects supported will include ones that:
- Sustain, grow and optimize productivity and reduce the cost of production of Alberta’s agri-food and bioindustrial industries.
- Add value to enhanced and new commodities in the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors.
- Increase environmental sustainability and social benefits for Albertans.