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Agriculture Plays Key Role In Saskatchewan's New Growth Plan

Premier Scott Moe unveiled Saskatchewan’s new Growth Plan yesterday.
 
The government describes ‘Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan: the Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030” as a roadmap for a strong economy, strong communities and strong families, to build a stronger Saskatchewan.
 
Agriculture goals for 2030 include increasing exports by 50%, increasing agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion and growing agri-food exports to $20 billion.
 
Increasing investment in the province’s value added sector is one of the goals for Saskatchewan’s New Growth Plan.
 
The premier sees the potential to expand using canola crushing as an example.
 
“We’re targeting to increase that to 75% of our canola crop to be processed in Saskatchewan and that would result in another $2 Billion in annual revenues into our communities by the year 2030 and the creation of hundreds of new jobs.  So, we’re going to be considering what opportunities we can act on to encourage the expansion of oilseed processing in Saskatchewan.”
 
Finding another market for our Canola is important given the marketing challenges that we see with one of our biggest customers China.
 
Another area where Moe sees lots of potential is around pea processing.
 
Total pea exports dropped 24.3% in 2018, as sales to three of the province’s top five export markets including India declined.
 
Saskatchewan has been one of Canada’s top exporters to India for the past decade, exporting mostly agricultural commodities and mineral products.  In 2018, the province exported $629 million in goods to India, including potash, pulse crops, uranium and semi-chemical wood pulp.
 
Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison leaves for a trade mission to promote Saskatchewan investment opportunities in India today and he’s being joined by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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