Farm gains funds

Coral Beach Farms is receiving $12,700 from the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program

A Lake Country agri-food business is moving ahead with advanced technology.

Coral Beach Farms is receiving $12,700 from the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program to pilot test technology in orchards that can potentially offer a more effective, environmentally friendly pest-bird control option to cherry, grape and berry growers.

Sixteen projects across the province are receiving about $900,000 from the federal/provincial initiative.

Among them is Vancouver-based Flex Alert Company, which will get $187,500 to demonstrate the ability of wireless sensors that monitor pathogens in cherry orchards and storage facilities. The technology will help B.C. cherry growers be more competitive for Asian markets.

“The B.C. agriculture industry is always looking for new ways to  remain competitive,” said Norm Letnick, B.C. agriculture minister and Lake Country MLA.