Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the province is funding research projects at the University of Guelph to help optimize production and minimize the damage and economic losses caused by crop diseases and pests on Ontario farms. Some of the research funding is also for field crops such as wheat and sugar beets.
However, funding specific to horticulture includes:
- - Surveillance for blight management decisions in field tomatoes
- - Investigating production of a year-round supply of high-quality potatoes for Ontario
- - Improving grape rootstock to prevent winter losses in sensitive areas
"As Canada's food university, University of Guelph has consistently delivered world-class discoveries that promote the productivity and health of farmers' crops," said Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (Research). "Our researchers are committed to delivering solutions and opportunities across the agricultural sector, fulfilling our promise to improve life."
Ontario’s fruit and vegetable sector contributes approximately $5.4 billion to the GDP and supports more than 110,000 direct jobs.
Source: OMAFRA July 15, 2019 news release