Delta-based cannabis producer Pure Sunfarms, which is a subsidiary of Village Farms International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VFF), has extended its research partnership with a renowned Canadian West Coast university.
On Wednesday, the pot firm announced the extension of the research partnership with Simon Fraser University for three more years.
The partnership began in 2018, and ever since, SFU researchers and the company’s cultivation team identified pathogens affecting the cultivation of greenhouse-grown cannabis which has led to the development of cutting-edge biological, cultural and environmental control strategies for cannabis.
As part of the partnership, researchers and students have access to Pure Sunfarms on-site laboratory and a 65,000-square-foot processing center to research ways to mitigate threats to cannabis plant health.
The company will support the project over the three years with funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Alliance Program.
“At Pure Sunfarms, we believe in supporting academics to learn more about the cannabis plant and what keeps it healthy – we’re a flower-first company, and we know it all starts with the plant,” said Mandesh Dosanjh, President and CEO, Pure Sunfarms.
“Dr. Punja’s work has helped us promote plant health and through this continued partnership with SFU, we look forward to unearthing research findings that will allow us to continue to optimize the quality of our flower while upholding British Columbia’s proud heritage as one of the world’s best cultivators of cannabis.”
Pure Sunfarms has 2.2 million square feet of greenhouse space in Delta, British Columbia where 1.65 million are operational and has the capacity to produce, sell and distribute 112,500 kilograms of dried flower annually.