OTTAWA, July 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to working with all our global partners to expand market opportunities, so that it can reach its goal of $75 billion in annual agri-food exports by 2025. Argentina and Chile are important partners in helping us achieve this goal. In 2017, Canada exported nearly $300 million in agriculture and agri-food products to these two countries.
On Wednesday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, departed for Argentina and Chile to create new market opportunities for Canadian farmers and processors.
During his time in Buenos Aires, the Minister will participate in the G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting, which will focus on healthy soil management. Finding ways to help the agriculture sector adjust to climate change and better address water and soil conservation along with development issues is a priority for the Government of Canada. As such, the Minister will work with Agriculture Ministers at the G20 to find ways to accelerate the development of new and sustainable agricultural practices and technologies around the world.
Minister MacAulay will travel to Chile, an important member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), to advance industry's interest in this key market. While in Argentina and Chile, the Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts, promote Canadian agricultural products including canola, wheat, beef and pork, and meet with industry leaders to bolster bilateral trading relationships.
"The Government of Canada is not only creating tremendous trade opportunities for Canadian exporters of agricultural goods in both Chile and Argentina, we're helping farmers here at home, strengthening the middle class, and growing our economy."
- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
For further information: Guy Gallant, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, 613-773-1059; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-773-7972, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]