Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Global Fruit – Clarksburg

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Irma Botden, Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Marius Botden

Irma Botden, Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Marius Botden

A Grey County apple grower has designed and built a sprayer that saves money, protects the environment and is less noisy than anything else available in Canada.  Created to operate in Marius Botden’s high-density orchards, the sprayer reduces the amount of pesticide by 30 per cent by reclaiming any product that does not deposit on the trees.  It reduces spray drift by 95 per cent and reduces run-off.  Spraying can also be done at a lower rate (1.2 litres per acre versus 3.5 litres), generating tremendous savings in chemical costs.


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