BIBLE HILL - Enhance and better co-ordinated services are coming to the agri-foods industry after three provincial bodies merged to create a new Crown agency.
Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. will combine the resources of AgraPoint, the Atlantic Bioventure Centre and AgriTECH Park and will be accountable to the Minister of Agriculture. Perennia will be headquartered at AgriTECH Park in Bible Hill with an office at the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre in Kentville.
The merger follows the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture is relocating its headquarters from Halifax to Truro-Bible Hill to consolidate operations for better service to farmers and industry while bringing good jobs to the rural economy.
The Perennia merger, including 40 employees, is to be completed by the end of June.
Jo Ann Fewer, Perennia's CEO, said the development is an exciting one for the agri-food sector.
"We will offer industry a single point of contact to address their primary production, food safety, product development and incubation needs, as well as link them to researchers and other government resources that can offer additional services," she said.