OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (Marketwire) — 11/21/12 — The Harper Government is helping the grain industry enhance its competitiveness at home and abroad. David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board and Member of Parliament (Cypress Hills-Grasslands), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment to help grain producers strengthen their production practices, increase access to global markets, and improve on-farm food safety.
“Our Government is committed to finding new opportunities for farmers and food processors,” said MP Anderson. “We are helping to ensure that grain producers are well positioned for long-term success by helping to increase their competitiveness and create new export opportunities.”
The Government’s support for the grain industry is being reinforced with three targeted investments:
“The ability to confirm the safety of Canadian grain and the removal of non-tariff trade barriers are vital to improved market opportunities for all stakeholders along the supply chain,” said Jean-Marc Ruest, Chairman of the Canada Grains Council. “The Grains Council appreciates not only the financial support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada but also the personal leadership of Minister Ritz internationally in encouraging governments to remove non-tariff trade policies to minimize potential trade disruptions to Canadian grain exports.”
“It’s a fast-paced marketplace out there, and our major competitors are working hard to sell their wheat as well,” said Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada. “Thanks to Minister Ritz and the Government, our trade access has never been better and we are maintaining existing and adding new markets every year for our wheat.”
The Harper Government has identified market development and market access as priorities under Growing Forward 2, and this announcement is another example of what is being done to enhance competitiveness and drive innovation and long-term growth in Canadian agriculture.