$11.1 million announced for pulse research cluster

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, at the Crop Development Centre, Sasksatoon

Federal minister of agriculture Lawrence MacAulay was at the University of Saskatchewan this week to announce $11.1 Million in funding for SaskPulse and Pulse Canada under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, AgriScience Clusters.

In addition, $7.2 million of industry matching funding will bring the total investment to over $18 million. At the press conference, held at the Crop Development Centre (CDC), Minister MacAulay spoke about the importance of the agriculture industry and how investment in research supports Canadian famers. He also tied this announcement with the earlier announcement of funding for the Protein Industries Supercluster. (story continues below)

In his remarks, chair of SaskPulse Corey Loessin, thanked the federal government for the funding and the continued partnership between their organization and the federal government. He stressed the importance of finding to solutions to difficult agronomic problems, such as root rot but he also encouraged the minister to continue working on solutions to on-going trade issues.

Chair of Pulse Canada, Allison Ammeter, talked about the importance of developing value added industries. She noted that, while Pulse Canada is working to diversify products and develop domestic markets, international trade is still vitally important. (audio below)

The federal Liberal caucus is meeting in Saskatoon for the next two days.