Canadian department establishes initiatives to support bioproducts

18 June 2013 03:13  [Source: ICIS news]

MONTREAL, Canada (ICIS)--The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) roadmap for the industrial bioproducts sector has helped the department establish key activities to support the Canadian industry, an official at the agency said on Monday.

The goal of the roadmap is to stimulate new opportunities for farmers, processors and rural communities, as well as to foster sustainable resource use and environmental and social benefits, said Kara Beckles, chief of bioeconomy policy at the AAFC’s innovation and growth policy division.

The roadmap is in line with the department’s principles and is an industry-led initiative where the government serves an enabler but remains flexible and both feedstock- and product-neutral, she said at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference.

The AAFC’s Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Committee brings together key industry representatives with governments to enhance Canadian competitiveness and profitability within the industrial bioproducts sector.

Meanwhile, its Federal-Provincial-Territorial Bioproducts Working Group has been established to foster further cooperation on bioproducts among governments.

The department also provides the AgriInnovation Program, which will accelerate the pace of innovation by supporting research and development activities and facilitate the demonstration, commercialisation and adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes, practices and services.

Additionally, the AAFC’s Biomass Inventory Mapping and Analysis Tool allows users to evaluate the sustainable availability of Canadian agricultural, forestry and sorted municipal residue biomass.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference runs through Wednesday.

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