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Two programs aim to boost tech for Canadian processors

Canadian meat companies will be able to access information and financial support through two programs designed to help them to better apply technological advantages specifically for agri-businesses.

The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) is launching a C$5-million initiative to foster the development and adoption of innovative technology-based solutions to challenges faced by red meat processors. CAAIN’s Beef and Pork Primary Processing Automation and Robotics Program is already working on several projects aimed at helping Canadian meat processors address labor shortages, worker safety issues and supply chain challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has earmarked C$9.5 million of the Canadian government’s C$49.5 million investment in CAAIN specifically for livestock innovation, the group noted in a news release.

Qualified applicants for the grants will participate in two initial competitions, CAAIN added in a news release.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government is investing in E.O.I. Technologies Inc. to support advancements in automation and robotic technologies that can help Canadian processors improve productivity and operational efficiency. Ottawa’s Innovative Solutions Canada program will provide C$900,000 among a total of six small Canadian meat processing companies (up to C$150,000 each) as part of the Canadian Meat Technology Development Challenge program, the government said in a news release.

Par : Chris Scott (21/03/2022)

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