Sollio Agriculture and its business partners will use the grant to train retailers and growers, research coatings for various nitrogen, phosphate, potash, and other fertilizers, and ensure product quality control, with production set to begin in May.
Bioenterprise selected winning Ontario-based alternative fertilizer projects and products based on their potential for helping address the risks in the fertilizer supply chain and driving economic and environmental benefits back to the Ontario ecosystem.
When it begins operation, the plant’s patented technology will enable the addition of micronutrients and temperature-sensitive additives to fertilizers, such as biologicals, growth enhancers and soil health promoters. These controlled-release coatings improve the uptake of nutrients by plants, with the potential to significantly improve yield and quality while lowering greenhouse gas emissions from volatilization and reducing the risk of nutrient leaching and runoff.
In addition to providing sustainable fertilizer products to the local agriculture industry, the CRF AgriTech plant will also generate economic benefit for the St. Thomas region with local jobs for facility staff, trucking companies and suppliers.