SPARC receiving $5 million boost to upgrade outdated greenhouse
The Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) is receiving $5.34 million construct a 700 square meter greenhouse facility to replace an out dated building.
The new facility is being built to allow researchers to ensure the safe entry of new food and feed products and processes to the marketplace.
The allocation of funds will come over a period of two years with the first-year allocation being $670,000 in 2009 - 2010 and $4.67 million to be allocated in 2010 - 2011.
Anderson very pleased with the effort of the SPARC station in putting together a successful plan that would see the upgrades made at the facility.
“The folks at SPARC have done a great job at putting an application forward and today we are happy to be announcing that over $5.3 million for a new greenhouse at the research station.”
The existing facility would have cost more to upgrade and maintain than to build a new facility that is newer and more efficient.
“This is an incredibly important facility for grain producers across Western Canada. It has got a great history behind it. It has got a great future ahead of it and we wanted to make sure that future is realized and so we are willing to make a contribution to what is going on here. These folks are doing a doing a great job.”
SPARC is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 19 research centres. Located in Swift Current, the research centre conducts major agricultural research on the dryland regions of Canada's Prairies.
Almost all the durum wheat and nearly half of the spring wheat grown in Western Canada can trace its origin to research from the Centre.
The construction phase of the project potentially could produce up to 58 jobs.