Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Agricultural Pursuits

Strahl announces $2.1M for UFV Centre

Released by R. Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

unding of over $2.1 million for state of the art training equipment for the Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Chilliwack was announced today by the Minister of State for Western Diversification, the Honourable Michelle Rempel.

 

“The agriculture industry is an important driver of the western Canadian economy. This investment will provide industry with the skilled workforce it needs to adopt new technologies, services and processes, and ultimately grow the agriculture sector,” said Minister Rempel.

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl said, “With today’s exciting announcement, we are building on our past successes and strengthening our competitive advantage. This will have tremendous benefit for our agriculture sector which is a vital industry in the Fraser Valley.”

The investment will provide specialized equipment to train the next generation of agricultural technicians, engineers, researchers and scientists. The training equipment will enhance existing programs and offer two new programs related to designing and implementing automated agricultural systems and robotics.

In the centre’s laboratories, equipment will be set up for students to acquire skills in design, installation and maintenance of advanced automated systems and robotics. Local business will benefit from the University’s applied research efforts that will help determine new methods and technologies to improve production and market opportunities.

In 2012, BC agri-food sector generated $11.7 billion in revenues and exported $2.5 billion worth of products to more than 130 countries.

For information about agriculture at the University of the Fraser Valley, visit www.ufv.ca/agriculture

 

 

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