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Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre

Kentville Research and Development Centre - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)


  • The Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre (AFHRC) is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) national network of 19 research centres. It was established in 1911 to serve the needs of the rapidly developing agricultural economy of south western Nova Scotia, particularly the nascent apple and pear industry.
  • The centre focuses its research in three key areas: (1) Primary production and integrated crop production technology for the Atlantic region, (2) Food safety and quality, (3) Environmental stewardship: improving performance of the agricultural production system.
  • They study about the improvements in crop production, handling and storage, and also evaluating handling operations for perishable foods throughout the cold chain (eg. storage, transportation, retailing) and their effect on the quality and safety of food.
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