Canada invests in pest management and yield prediction technology
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Canada invests in pest management and yield prediction technology

A $3 million investment will help fund an autonomous AI-powered platform for greenhouse tomato growers.

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A strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. That's why the government of Canada is supporting the development of technologies that lead to less pollution, healthier communities and the creation of well-paying middle-class jobs, according to a press release.

Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the honorable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, last week announced an investment of $3 million to increase the crop yield of greenhouse growers.

This investment in Ecoation Innovative Solutions supports an autonomous artificial intelligence-powered platform for pest management and yield prediction technology that aims to increase the crop yield of greenhouse tomato growers while reducing spoilage and eliminating the need for pesticides. Ecoation's technology uses autonomous robots, light and laser-based chemical measurement and machine learning to detect early signs of stress in plants in large-scale farms and greenhouses. This technology allows growers to find and fix their crop problems faster, while also resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions and chemical consumption, according to the release.

This project received investment and support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions. This investment will contribute to maintaining 25 jobs at Ecoation and creating 23 additional ones, according to the release.

"With a rapidly increasing demand for food production, farmers are actively seeking environmentally and economically beneficial ways to increase crop yield," says Leah Lawrence, president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technologies Canada. "SDTC is investing in Ecoation's technology because it provides greenhouse growers with a chemical-free means of improving their yields through early plant-stress detection

Investments in clean technology are part of the Government's Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to position Canada as a global leader in innovation and create good middle-class jobs right across the country.