Ottawa provides 1.6 million dollars to develop high efficiency fertilizers


The federal government is providing 1.6 million dollars to an Alberta company to produce high efficiency fertilizers.

Sulvaris of Calgary will use the funds to further develop new technology to produce high efficiency fertilizers made with organic carbon.

The technology will convert various forms of organic waste into high efficiency fertilizers, rich in nutrients and soil building carbon and economical to use in large scale agriculture.

The fertilizer would also be used for lawns and plants in commercial and home use.

These fertilizers improve on conventional chemical fertilizers by releasing nutrients more slowly.

This gives plants the ability to absorb the nutrients as they need them to grow.

More efficient uptake means less unabsorbed nutrients are left in the soil, reducing the risk of release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions or contaminating waterways.

The support is part of a government plan to reduce fertilizer greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

A new round of consultations is being completed this summer with farm groups to reverse the trend of rising emissions from fertilizer use while continuing as a major crop supplier.

The conflict in Ukraine has created even more demand for Canadian crops and agricultural products.


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