OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CropLife Canada strongly supports the
agreement in principle with the European Union on a Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which was announced today by Prime
Minister Stephen Harper.
"This agreement eliminates tariffs on 95 per cent of Canadian
agricultural products and ensures duty free access for Canadian crops,"
says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada. "This creates a huge
export opportunity for Canadian agriculture so the plant science
industry strongly supports the Government of Canada's trade agenda and
The CETA includes a vehicle for cooperation on issues relating to
biotechnology and trade. A biotechnology working group is tasked under
the agreement to address the timelines of approvals for genetically
engineered products, science-based policy and regulation and
development of a low level presence (LLP) policy.
"Canadian farmers planted close to 29 million acres of biotech crops in
2012 and adoption continues to grow in Canada and around the world,"
says Hepworth. "The commitment to science-based regulation and the
development of a LLP policy through CETA ensures Canadian agriculture
will remain competitive."
The agreement also includes new mechanisms for preventing and resolving
trade challenges relating to plant health and food safety issues.
When implemented, CETA is estimated to create an additional $12 billion
annually in economic activity in Canada, increase bilateral trade by 20
per cent, and create almost 80,000 new jobs. Many of these benefits
will accrue to the agriculture sector and will give Canada access to a
market of over 500 million consumers.
CropLife Canada is fully supportive of the government's trade expansion
agenda and its commitment to science-based regulation.
SOURCE: CropLife Canada
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