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Newfoundland grower doubles production space


June 25, 2014
By Dave Harrison

June 25, 2014, Kelligrews, Newfoundland and Labrador — Hickey’s
Greenhouses and Nursery Ltd. celebrated the grand opening of a
12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art glass and polycarbonate greenhouse
on the weekend that will more than double its production of bedding
plants.

June 25, 2014, Kelligrews, Newfoundland and Labrador — Hickey’s
Greenhouses and Nursery Ltd. celebrated the grand opening of a
12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art glass and polycarbonate greenhouse
on the weekend that will more than double its production of bedding
plants.

The new greenhouse features an energy curtain that is
expected to reduce energy costs by up to 40 per cent, automatic watering
and motorized ventilation systems to boost production, and a storefront
area.

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The expansion was funded in part under Growing Forward 2’s
Agriculture Innovation Initiative and Market Development Initiative.
This is a five-year policy framework for Canada’s agriculture and
agri-food sector and the basis for the delivery of
federal-provincial-territorial programs.

“Over the past few years,
the greenhouse industry has seen substantial growth with total sales
increasing from $6.2 million in 2008 to $9.1 million in 2012,” said
Derrick Dalley, the province’s Minister of Natural Resources and
Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.

“Hickey’s
Greenhouses and Nursery is to be commended for its innovative thinking
to expand and enhance a business that for more than three decades has
helped grow the agriculture sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The
value of production from the agriculture and agrifoods industry in
Newfoundland and Labrador, including secondary processing, is
approximately $500 million per year.


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