From a news release
The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is receiving $920,000 from the federal government to develop new disease-resistant apple and greenhouse tomato varieties that will contribute to the long-term growth and profitability of these two sectors.
These projects, announced on Oct. 27, build on work carried out by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists, who will continue to play a crucial role in developing new breeding lines.
- Greenhouse tomatoes bring in $516 million annually at the farm gate, as well as $311 million in exports (2015).
- Apples are Canada’s second most valuable fruit after blueberries, earning $181 million at the farm gate, as well as $50 million in exports (2015).
- Funding for the two projects comes from the Growing Forward 2, AgriInnovation Program (Research and Development Stream).