- Enhancing productivity and profitability through enhanced mechanization and storage solutions for blueberries and other field crops;
- Minimizing losses through pest management solutions;
- Promoting sustainable practices and finding efficiencies in B.C. greenhouses;
- Creating new revenue streams and addressing environmental concerns through optimization of nutrient application and nutrient recovery.
"Our Government is pleased to support the Agritech Innovation Challenge, where agri-tech companies and food producers will explore innovative ways to enhance productivity and sustainability in the agriculture sector. Innovation is a cornerstone of our government's plan to create good jobs in the agri-food sector and grow the middle class." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
"The B.C. government encourages innovation across the B.C. agri-food and seafood sector and that includes trying and evaluating new technology. The lessons learned through the Agritech Innovation Challenge will help drive our sector's competitiveness and long term growth as we work towards increasing B.C. agri-food and seafood sector revenues to $15 billion per year by 2020." - Norm Letnick, B.C. Agriculture Minister.
"British Columbia's blueberry sector produces high quality highbush blueberries that are enjoyed in Canada and worldwide. The Agritech Innovation Challenge is a great way to connect technology companies and researchers with the blueberry industry to improve productivity, grower profits and consumer satisfaction, which is something that would benefit all B.C. blueberry growers." - Jason Smith, BC Blueberry Council past chair.
"The BC Greenhouse Growers' Association looks forward to the Agritech Innovation Challenge, we are always excited to discuss new ideas and innovations. This event represents an excellent opportunity to bring BC innovators together with industry to discuss, identify and explore gaps that innovation can provide solutions for." - Linda Delli Santi, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association Executive Director.
"We're thrilled to be working with the Ministry of Agriculture to bring together two strong economic drivers—agriculture and technology—for our Agritech Innovation Challenge. B.C. technology solutions deployed across sectors can solve real problems in BC and around the world. BC Innovation Council is proud to be providing opportunities to access new markets for BC innovators; opportunities for the agriculture and agri-food sector to leverage home-grown innovation to stay competitive; and opportunities for industry to generate high-paying jobs and robust economic growth. - Shirley Vickers, BC Innovation Council President & CEO.