Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick (left) was in Mission last week to tour the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech facility.

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick (left) was in Mission last week to tour the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech facility.

Minister meets with agritech entrepreneurs in Mission

Mission’s Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech is partnering with the BC Innovation Councilto promote agriculture technology.

Fraser Valley agritech entrepreneurs met with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick in Mission last week to share a first-hand look at innovative developments in the agritech sector.

The AG-Tech Venture Accelerating Program (AVAP) supports agriculture technology by providing training and mentoring to maximize commercialization opportunities and accelerate growth in agritech companies.

Mission’s Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is partnering with the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) to promote agriculture technology in the Fraser Valley through AVAP.

Four local agritech companies – Vitalus, Novobind, Picker Drones Inc. and Nutriva Group – are participating in the next session of the intensive four-day acceleration program.

AVAP was launched in 2014, with 32 Fraser Valley agritech companies completing the program to date. Since its launch, provincial benefits have included job creation and increased company revenues and investments in the B.C. agritech industry.

Missionites, and other residents of the Fraser Valley, have the opportunity to learn more about B.C.’s agritech industry from Jan. 26-28, when the 19th annual Pacific Agriculture Show takes place at Tradex in Abbotsford.

SRCTec’s booth is featuring the latest in ag sensors, pathogen protection and new farming methods.