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
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