Ontario launches provincial fertilizer challenge
September 27, 2022 by Government of Ontario
The Ontario government is investing up to $2 million over two years in the Fertilizer Accelerating Solutions and Technology Challenge. This funding will support made-in-Ontario solutions to increase the availability of fertilizer options, alternatives and technology, ensuring farmers have the tools they need.
“We have heard from farmers that action must be taken to increase the domestic supply of fertilizer options. Our government has listened and is introducing an initiative that will generate made-in-Ontario alternatives to help farmers secure the inputs they need to succeed, and to support innovative, technology-based solutions to grow the agri-food sector,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “Ensuring that farmers have the tools and products they need to grow good food is vital to the sustainability of Ontario’s food security and keeping the province as a world leader in food production.”
Following consultations with farmers and the agri-food sector, Ontario is launching the challenge to address the ongoing supply chain challenges for fertilizer while promoting innovation in the province’s agri-food sector. The challenge is a competitive opportunity for agri-businesses and organizations that will focus on investing in projects and new solutions, such as biofertilizers, that can help reduce dependency on imported products.
This investment will encourage both immediate and long-term innovative solutions to help meet Ontario farmers’ fertilizer needs by accelerating the development of new and alternative products for the agri-food sector.