SAINT-BRUNO-DE-MONTARVILLE, QC, May 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Research
and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment (IRDA) is
inaugurating the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform (OAIP) today.
Located on a 90-ha piece of land, it is the biggest organic agriculture
research site in Québec and Canada.
The Deputy Premier, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and
Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, Mr. François
Gendron and the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and
Technology, Mr. Pierre Duchesne will speak at the event.
The OAIP brings together 34 partners who will have access to the site's
high-tech infrastructure for carrying out research and development,
transfer, training and public awareness activities related to organic
As Pierre Lemieux, President of IRDA's Board of Directors, explains, the
OAIP was developed in response to repeated calls from Québec's
agricultural community: "Québec imports 70% of the organic products it
consumes. If we want to reverse this trend, we will have to come up
with strategic tools to improve crop production practices. The results
of the research conducted by the Organic Agriculture Innovation
Platform will serve as a springboard for increasing production of local
At a time of climate change, new challenges lie ahead for organic
farmers, such as the emergence of insects previously unable to survive
winter. Thanks to the OAIP, Québec researchers now have access to
specialized equipment and services for conducting crucial research on
these new realities.
"IRDA is proud to have established this centre of expertise for an
ever-growing sector. In addition to supporting this boom, the
activities of the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform will benefit
all agricultural producers who care about reducing the environmental
impact of their operation," said Jocelyne Dagenais, IRDA's President
and Chief Executive Officer.
The OAIP has received $13.1 million in funding, with $7.5 million for
infrastructure and $860 000 in seed money coming from the Ministère de
l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Science, de la Recherche et de la
Technologie, $2.17 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, $1.2
million from the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de
l'Alimentation, $25 000 from the Fondation de la Faune du Québec, and
$1.4 million from IRDA.
IRDA is a non-profit research corporation whose mission is to engage in
agri-environmental research, development and transfer activities that
foster agricultural innovation from a sustainable development
perspective. Every year, IRDA conducts some 100 research projects in
collaboration with numerous agricultural community and research
The mission of the OAIP is to offer a site that meets organic standards
for the purpose of conducting research, development, transfer, training
and public awareness activities in the area of organic crop production.
SOURCE: Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement
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