The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Cereals Canada released the 2017 Canadian Wheat Research Priorities Report. Wheat research priorities were developed through a national collaboration of farmers, federal and provincial governments, private development companies, public research institutions, exporters, and processors to identify the priority areas of research that public, private and producer groups should focus on for the next five years in order to ensure the strength and growth of the wheat industry in Canada.
Canada produces an average of 30 million tonnes of wheat each year and is the worlds’ largest producer of high-protein milling wheat.
|Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.|
The research priorities focus on improving wheat yield and reliability, increasing sustainability, and improving food safety such as reducing mycotoxins. Research also will increase the ability to respond to consumer needs by developing a way to capture consumer preferences and provide this information directly to researchers and purchasers.
“Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s science and innovation play a fundamental role in helping industry respond to evolving funding needs, changing producer and consumer demands, and overall sustainability and competitiveness of the sector,” said Gilles Saindon, associate assistant deputy minister of AAFC. “This collaborative work helps focus our efforts to the areas that matter most.”
Innovation plays a significant role in the agriculture industry and Canada’s economy. It is estimated that every dollar invested in wheat research delivers a net return to producers of twenty dollars.
“Research and technology development is a competitive advantage for Canadian agriculture,” said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada. “The development of a national vision shared by the entire value chain – from the field to customers – is a critically important tool that will help us maintain and develop this advantage.”