AAFC announces funding for ornamental research

November 20, 2018
Written by Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance
Photo,(l-r) Mr. Phil Paxton, 2nd vice-president CNLA; Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Mr. Christian Brunet, President, Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance; Ms Luce Daigneault, Executive Director, Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec
Photo,(l-r) Mr. Phil Paxton, 2nd vice-president CNLA; Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Mr. Christian Brunet, President, Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance; Ms Luce Daigneault, Executive Director, Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has committed funding for a five-year research project for ornamentals.

Entitled “Accelerating Green Plant Innovation for Environmental and Economic Benefit", the project was approved under AAFC’s AgriScience Cluster Program.

The announcement was made November 16 by Parliamentary Secretary Jean-Claude Poissant on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, at Expo-FIHOQ, the annual horticultural trade show of the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l’horticulture ornementale du Québec (FIHOQ) held in Drummondville, QC.

A total of 10 research projects will be funded through a total investment of $6.8 million, including a contribution from AAFC of up to $4.6 million, supported by a further $2.2 million of industry cash and in-kind funding.

With an overall focus on innovation to support the sector’s growth and environmental and economic sustainability, COHA’s priority setting process was guided by an industry-directed approach, resulting in a diverse selection of projects to meet floriculture and nursery sector objectives. Adapting the sector to the new realities of climate change, enhancing environmental sustainability through resource optimization, and improving productivity to increase business competitiveness are the three priorities that have guided COHA’s research principles.

Christian Brunet (Hydralis Inc. QC), president of the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) noted, “COHA is deeply appreciative of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s significant investment in research and innovation in our sector. The AgriScience Cluster Program is an important partnership between the federal government and many commercial operations in our sector. We look forward to the delivery of important economic and environmental benefits from this shared commitment to advancing innovation.”

COHA is a strategic alliance of three broad based organizations: the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l’horticulture ornementale du Québec and Flowers Canada Growers. These three organizations work together through COHA to coordinate industry action, contribute to public policy and work on issues of concern to the sector as a whole.

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