NAPLES, Fla., Feb. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Econic Crop Solutions Inc, a Division of ZA Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: ZAAG) is pleased to announce that it has received a signed Letter of Agreement from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta for the supply and operation of a facility for "leafy greens production and ancillary food products". The Saddle Lake Cree Nation, located northeast of Edmonton, Alberta has a population of 11,000 within an occupied land area of 75,000 acres. The Saddle Lake Cree Nation is the second most populous First Nation in Alberta.
The Saddle Lake Band Council has initiated this project for two major reasons. Firstly, the Saddle Lake Business Group has been invited to partner with Sysco Edmonton by providing various fresh food products including leafy greens to that multinational company for sale to its corporate customers in the region. Secondly, the Saddle Lake community is on a mission to demonstrate national leadership in reversing a chronic food security problem in First Nations communities. Statistics Canada recently reported that 50.8% of residents of First Nations communities experience food insecurity which has been defined as not being able to access food to meet dietary needs and food preferences.
Wade Eno, CEO of Econic stated, "We are excited to engage in this new joint venture with our fourth First Nations community partner. We continue the pattern of providing career development and employment opportunities for our First Nations partners while diversifying their business portfolios. We are also very pleased to announce that our technology partner of choice to provide and operate the vertical farming infrastructure for this and future leafy greens production facilities is Foundation Farms (a subsidiary of GMEV, a company that trades on the OTC markets)."
John Morgan, President of ZA Group, stated, "Econic is demonstrating a core principle—true leaders build leaders. Today's announcement and subsequent action will propel the Saddle Lake First Nations community forward as a recognized national leader in providing food security for First Nations residents."
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