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necks are being examined and actionable items will be
prepared by July or August, Al-Katib said. By fall, the
plan should be presented to Navdeep Bains, minister of
innovation, science and economic development.
The building blocks of Canada's agri-food growth
strategy include setting a target of increasing agriIRRG H[SRUWV E\ ELOOLRQ RYHU WKH QH[W ¿YH WR
years. This would put Canada among the top three in
agri-food exports. It also includes launching a few bold
pilot programs that small and large players can rally
behind across key sub-sectors, Al-Katib said. He envisions aligning this building block with the Innovation
Supercluster Initiative, the government's plan to invest
C$950 million in business-led projects with the greatest potential to energize and grow the economy.
"The Superclusters must be aligned with the bold
pilots for the national strategy implementation," Al.DWLEH[SODLQHG³,I \RX SXW & PLOOLRQLQ WKHDJ
sector and match that with C$300 million from the
private sector, you have a bold, ambitious pilot to go
along with a bold and ambitious aspiration."
AGT, Ag-West Bio Inc. and more than 60 innovation
partners have joined the supercluster "Unleashing the
Potential of Canadian Crops." Its mission is to capture
the export market opportunity for plant-based food and
feed by stimulating collaboration on novel technologies and value-added supply-chain infrastructure.
More than C$400 million in private sector money
has been committed to the program, which will include
food processing and more.
One project involves supply chain innovation trackLQJFKLFNSHDVIURPDIDUPHU¶V¿HOGLQZHVWHUQ6DVNDWFKewan, through handling, transport, processing, caning,
distribution, onto the shelves and to the consumer. The
along the way on production, sustainability and more.
"Those are the type of projects we are going to be doing on a pilot scale and hopefully commercialize into a
broader system," Al-Katib said.
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