The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, Cities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Maple Ridge, and the Township of Langley).
MISSION – Canadian AgriChar, an SRCTec AVAP venture, is a Canadian based company located in British Columbia whose main focus is the manufacture and distribution of “biochar” for use in soil remediation and growth enhancement. The company’s product, Char+ BioChar, remineralizes soil to maximize plant growth, hold moisture and prevent soil leaching.
Beginning in November 2016, Canadian AgriChar had been working with The University of the Fraser Valley to perform trials in order to determine the optimum amount of BioChar to use in any soil. The trials proved to be a great success and the results indicated that 10%-15% of Char+ BioChar in the soil was the optimum amount.
Following these trials, the Canadian AgriChar team has now been working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to perform further tests on Char+ BioChar at different rates from 0% to 20% in their BioSoil Mix and also in a leading competitor’s ProMix. The trials have been carefully monitored, beginning earlier this year, and a final report on the results will be completed in the coming weeks.
In addition to these exciting trials, the company has been gaining international interest at numerous trade shows and as a result, the management team has begun working on building an export division to continue growth and cater to their future international clients.
Ken Bowman, president of Canadian AgriChar, said “after going through the SRCTec program, and with help from Mike Manion, SRCTec’s AG Tech EIR, we feel that the foundation work for Canadian AgriChar is almost complete”.
Bowman also noted that the testing at UFV and KPU is a result of the market looking for proof. The tests and trials will provide support and evidence, when selling the product, that Char+ BioChar is becoming a leader in the industry.
Mike Manion added “The international interest that Canadian AgriChar has gained is impressive, especially at such an early stage. We believe that Ken and the Canadian AgriChar team are taking the right steps in developing an industry leading product and a strong corporate foundation to continue to build upon in the coming years”
Canadian AgriChar/Char+ BioChar: www.canadianagrichar.ca
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