Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $5 million in wheat research funding over five years. This investment, along with the recently-announced Canadian Wheat Alliance is part of a $10 million commitment made by Premier Brad Wall at the Saskatchewan Agriculture Wheat Summit in February 2012.
This funding will be matched by private sector companies to target projects aimed at accelerating the development of wheat varieties as well as improving yields and competitiveness of our wheat industry. Today’s announcement allocates $2.7 million for the first three projects.
“Wheat is an important part of our economy with Saskatchewan exporting more than nine million tonnes of wheat worth more than $3 billion in 2012,” Stewart said. “Through these unique public-private partnerships, we are collaborating with industry to advance wheat research that will improve on these numbers and benefit farmers, our economy and consumers around the world.”
These projects are co-funded with a $2.7 million investment by the province, together with a $2.7 million private sector investment by Dow AgroSciences ($1,250,000), Bayer CropScience ($800,000) and Secan ($665,000).
The three projects receiving funding will target:
Enhancement of wheat breeding capacity;
Development of wheat varieties for added quality and performance; and
Integration of fungicide strategies and genetic resistance to control stripe rust in wheat.
Another $2.3 million in funding is available for future research projects, with a call for proposals coming in the fall.