Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced a federal investment of up to $4.6 million to the Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster will be lead by the Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance (COHA).
Building on two previous research clusters, this investment includes an additional $1.7 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of up to $6.3 million. The new Cluster places a strong focus on the environment, through three key areas of focus, including:
- helping to combat climate change through plant breeding;
- enhancing environmental sustainability through improved fertilizer and irrigation practices; and
- driving productivity and competitiveness by finding ways to boost yields while reducing input costs.
"Our Government is proud to support a vibrant ornamental horticulture industry here in Quebec and across Canada. We know the importance of research and innovation in advancing our farmers' ability to continue to grow quality products sustainably for Canadian families and consumers around the world", said Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
"COHA appreciates the support of the federal government in partnering with us to advance science and innovation. COHA is committed to using the research resources to benefit Canada's environment and economy", Christian Brunet, President, Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance (Hydralis Inc. QC), added.