Governments Commit Funding for AG Projects in Saskatchewan
From: Food in Canada
Saskatoon, Sask. – Thirty crop-related research projects are sharing $7.7 million in funding.
The province of Saskatchewan and the government of Canada announced in a statement that the funding is through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
In addition, says the statement, both governments “are committing $6.25 million in operating funds to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan over five years” also through the ADF.
Dr. Kofi Agblor, managing director of the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, says in the statement that “continued investment from the province affirms its commitment to our clearly demonstrated mission of improving economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of Western Canada, as well as our new vision of being a world-class crop improvement organization that delivers advanced crop genetics for society.”
Some examples of the research projects include:
• research to develop more clubroot resistant canola varieties;
• improve fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat;
• better control of root rot in pea and lentils crops; and
• increasing the use of faba beans in pet food and fish feed to create another value-added use for a Saskatchewan pulse crop.
In addition to the provincial and federal government funding, several other partners have committed more than $3.1 million. Those partners include the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission.