Manitoba launches Bioproducts Strategy
January 21, 2011
By Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives
Jan. 21, 2011 – Growing Green: the
Manitoba Bio-products Strategy prepares the next
step for government, industry, and research institutions to work together to
grow Manitoba into a world leader in the bioproducts industry, says Premier
Greg Selinger. The strategy will identify opportunities and guide efforts to
further develop a bioproducts industry in Manitoba.
Every year millions of tonnes of
agricultural and forestry products are produced in Manitoba, creating a
valuable supply of biomass for the production of biofuels, biomaterials, and
biochemicals. More than 30 companies in Manitoba currently produce bioproducts.
As a result of provincial investment, the growth of this industry is expected
to create an additional 700 jobs in the coming decade, bringing the annual
revenue generated by the industry to $2 billion by 2020, at least 80% of which
will be produced in rural Manitoba, says Selinger.
"In order to achieve this vision, the
government of Manitoba has committed $20 million in support for the bioproducts
industry over the next decade. For 2011, the province has more than $4 million
in project funding available to research institutions and entrepreneurs working
on developing innovative bioproducts," he adds.
The Manitoba Bio-products Strategy is
available online at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pdf/the_manitoba_bioproducts_strategy.pdf.
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