A new $19 million project by Protein Industries Canada and a consortium of companies will help Canadian farmers improve consistency and reduce carbon emissions through the commercialization of a new micronutrient fertilizer.
Soileos is a sustainable, non-polluting and climate-positive micronutrient fertilizer created from the recovery of pea, lentil and oat hulls – co-products of food processing. Using Soileos increases crop yields and improves soil health, while increasing incomes for farmers and food processors.
AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (AGT Foods), Lucent BioSciences (Lucent), NuWave Research, IN10T and Aberhart Ag Solutions are collaborating to scale and distribute this new product. The project includes the installation of a new manufacturing process for the production of Soileos in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, which when completed will produce up to approximately 6,500 tonnes per year of micronutrient fertilizer and create 25 jobs.
“Our government is proud to support this partnership that will improve the quality of Canadian food crops through the production of cost-effective and sustainable alternative fertilizers. This project demonstrates how Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters foster innovation, create jobs and help grow our economy,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. .
This new 50-50 joint venture between AGT Foods and Lucent, which operates as AGT Soileos, will also lead to improved fertilizer efficiency, in particular a shorter reaction time needed in manufacturing to bind fibers plant-based micronutrients from hours to minutes, reducing energy and water consumption and expanding its availability throughout Western Canada.
“This project is an example of what happens when innovation and collaboration meet,” said Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada. “From a chance encounter in 2019, to a pilot project that produced 1 kg of Soileos per day and tested the efficacy of pea, lentil and oat hulls through 2020 and 2021 and now to commercialization in scale, this project proves how important innovation is. the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian agri-food sector and the industry’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.