Airdrie, Alta. – The poultry industry in Western Canada has received a boost in support.
An investment of $2.6 million, which is coming through Western Economic Diversification Canada and support from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), is going toward the Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies, a not-for-profit organization that evaluates novel and innovative cost saving poultry health technologies.
The institute, which was established by poultry industry stakeholders in 2012, will use the funds to purchase and install equipment needed to establish and operate a technology innovation and commercialization centre. This centre will develop, produce and commercialize vaccines and other health-related products.
It will also provide Western Canadian poultry producers enhanced access to advanced diagnostic services, vaccine development and production capabilities.
“In addition to being a sound industry, government and academia partner, the institute will help address consumer demands for enhanced food safety, and value-added, hormone-free poultry products, leading to increased consumer confidence in our food supply,” says Gordon Cove, ALMA president and CEO.
The institute also focuses on developing technical solutions and products for the Canadian and global poultry industries, says Dr. Tom Inglis, president of the institute’s board.
“By working with an integrated team of scientists, veterinarians, industry experts, producers and the manufacturing sector,” adds Inglis, “the institute will be an incubator for the development of commercial products, tests and applied science. Together we will help to secure a competitive advantage for Western Canada’s poultry industry.”