Ottawa looking to grow Canada's horticulture industry    

The federal government is spending $6.5-million to help grow Canada's horticulture industry.

The money is to support research into technologies and practices for better pest and disease management.

Other research includes how to improve post-harvest storage and handling for apples, berries, field vegetables, potatoes and greenhouse grown crops.

There is also a project looking at strategies to improve soil health.

Agriculture Canada says the goal is to support sustainable practices to reduce the environmental footprint and develop new crop varieties to help keep growers profitable and competitive.

The Canadian Horticultural Council represents fruit and vegetable growers involved in the production of over 120 different types of crops on over 14,237 farms.