British Columbia-grown tech to improve British Columbia food production

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 17, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

British Columbia’s tech sector is being invited to propose solutions to help British Columbia (B.C.) food producers and processors increase their efficiency, sustainability and product traceability through the B.C. Agritech Innovation Challenge.

The federal and provincial government-funded Challenge is offering a total of $150,000 in support for made-in-B.C. technology solutions in three defined categories:

  • Food Processing Technology: Mechanization, digitization and automation for micro and small-scale processors to help ease the effects of any labour shortage. Examples could include shellfish shucking, plant-based protein processing, and technology for fruit and vegetable freezing, drying and peeling.
  • Food Traceability Technologies: User-friendly and economical options for micro and small-scale producers and processors to provide product tracking from farm to consumer. Examples include apps and software with different features and equipment compatibility.
  • Precision Agriculture Technologies and Bioproducts: Improved precision tools, technologies and practices, as well as innovation that transforms agriculture waste into renewable products. Examples could include integrated sensors to monitor soil nutrients, and bio-based materials (that is, nutrients, bio-chemicals, fertilizers, fuels) produced from agricultural waste.

In addition to seed funding to advance new technologies, participants will receive mentorship and support through Innovate BC’s Agriculture Venture Accelerator Program. The Challenge is being presented in collaboration with Innovate BC and aims to help increase the efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness of B.C.’s agriculture and seafood industries, while providing access to new customers with global market potential, encouraging company growth.

Submission details and timelines are available at Innovate BC.

Funding for the Agritech Innovation Challenge is provided by the Government of British Columbia, and through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.

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