Seeks to Improve Prosperity for Canadian Farmers and Processors
CALGARY, July 16 /CNW/ - When Ministers of International Trade and
Ministers of Agriculture meet July 21 to 25 in Geneva, Switzerland to debate
the revised proposal for reducing tariffs and subsidies for agriculture, the
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) will be strongly represented and
will be putting forward the case of trade-dependent Canadian farmers and
processors with Canada's ministers and trade officials.
CAFTA is a coalition of national and regional organizations, associations
and companies that support a more open and fair international trading
environment for agriculture and agri-food. Members who are traveling to Geneva
represent a wide range of Canadian agriculture sectors, including grains,
canola, oilseeds, beef, pork, and sugar. Over 90 per cent of Canadian farmers
are dependent on international markets for their livelihood.
"To this point, a failure to reach an agreement on how to achieve
significant reductions in tariffs and subsidies for agriculture has been the
main sticking point preventing the Doha Round from successfully negotiating a
new World Trade Organization (WTO) trade agreement," says Darcy Davis,
President of CAFTA. "We sometimes lose sight of the fact that it's not just
agricultural trade that's affected. A new WTO trade agreement covers trade in
all goods, not just agriculture. With one in every three Canadian jobs
dependent on trade, failure to reach a new agreement would have a significant
"However it would have a huge impact for Canadian agriculture when you
consider that the new WTO rules currently being negotiated would add an
additional $3 Billion per year to Canadian agricultural exports."
Members of the CAFTA delegation will be attending daily briefings with
Canada's trade representatives on the progress of the negotiations while in
Geneva. Members of the media may arrange interviews with CAFTA members by
contacting Cindy McCreath at 403-615-1526, or at firstname.lastname@example.org,
while the delegation is in Geneva.
For further information:
For further information: Until July 19 Darcy Davis, President, Canadian
Agri-Food Trade Alliance, (613) 791-5352; Until July 19 Canadian Agri-Food
Trade Alliance Ottawa office, (613) 560-0500, www.cafta.org