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Canada to Establish New Indo-Pacific Agricultural Office

The federal government has earmarked nearly $32 million for the establishment of a new agricultural office in the Indo-Pacific region, a move applauded by Canadian farm groups. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement of the new ag office Friday from Thailand, where he was attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The office will form part of Canada’s larger overall Indo-Pacific Strategy, which is expected to be fully released soon. 

According to Ottawa, the ag office will help to increase and diversify Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports to the Indo-Pacific, strengthening trade on both sides of the Pacific.  

“By engaging with stakeholders, regulators, and policy decision makers, it will deepen partnerships with Indo-Pacific partners to diversify export markets and products, create new opportunities, and position Canada as a long-term, reliable trading partner of choice for the Indo-Pacific,” the government said. 

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