The federal and Ontario agriculture ministers announced $2.76 million of support for 21 research projects which aim to develop new innovative technologies, practices, and solutions to make the sector more competitive and resilient.
The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative (OAFRI) said the 21 projects will provide Ontarians with safer, healthier, and more locally grown and made food items while boosting trade and rural economic development.
The projects are for:
Reducing food waste by finding solutions through compostable plastic products and upcycling opportunities.
Improving training of workers involved in food processing using digital simulations for more interactive safety training in meat plants.
Enhancing detection of plant viruses using new technologies to help avoid production and economic losses and maintain plant health.