Four Companies Receive Funds From B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation

by | Jan 27, 2023 | Business, Funding

Four British Columbia businesses have received funds through the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI), a Jan. 26 news release said. The companies are developing solutions to help ensure the province’s food systems remain secure, resilient and sustainable.

“Agritech is the future and the work these four companies are doing in partnership with the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation is helping ensure B.C.’s food systems are secure, resilient and sustainable,” Pam Alexis, B.C.’s minister of agriculture and food, said in the release.

The four companies who are receiving a total investment of $540,000, including $122,500 from BCCAI, are:

  • Aeroroot Systems in Surrey, B.C.
  • Agrotek Industries in Burnaby, B.C.
  • Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Lucent BioSciences in West Vancouver, B.C.

The release noted each project is contributing to long-term priorities of agriculture in B.C., such as Indigenous food security and vertical farming, as well as increased and sustainable crop production. It’s anticipated these projects will be farm-ready for commercialization in two years, creating more than 30 well-paying jobs.

Aeroroot is testing the future of sustainable crop production in B.C. though vertical farming, by developing a new technology that requires less space and resources to grow and produce more crops, the release said. Agrotek is working to manufacture top-quality organic fertilizers and biostimulants from naturally sourced ingredients extracted from Canadian mines. Bakerview EcoDairy is working to establish rice production methods in B.C.

The four projects were unveiled at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford, the release said.

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