BC’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Ravi Kahlon, signed an agreement between the Province of BC and the Netherlands to help further secure BC’s food supply.
“The Surrey Board of Trade and the Surrey International Trade Centre are pleased to see the BC Government securing agreements with international jurisdictions to cement industry opportunities in the agritech sector,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “One third of Surrey’s land base is comprised of agricultural land, and with our advocacy to allow agritech to occur on light-industrial land, that number may be increasing. Innovation and international partnerships are needed to secure supply chain efficiencies.”
The focus of this action plan is to deliver initiatives and cross-cultural learning exchanges to support sustainable agricultural and agritech opportunities for people and businesses in BC and the Netherlands, find strategic resource sharing and create new opportunities for agritech practices and existing traditional farms in BC.
There will be collaboration between government, science, academia and companies in BC and the Netherlands. This model, referred to as the Triple Helix in the Netherlands, has contributed to their success as the second largest food exporter in the world.
The Netherlands’ long-term strategic vision focuses on circular agriculture, which aims to produce food with as little impact to the environment and the climate as possible.
MORE INFORMATION: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022JERI0024-000801
Read the Surrey Board of Trade vertical growth policy here https://businessinsurrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Committing-to-vertical-growth.pdf
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