SPARC re­ceiv­ing $5 mil­lion boost to up­grade outdated green­house

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - > Ge­orge Bowditch

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.

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