Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - The grain sector is a key driver of Canada’s economic growth, exporting 20.5 million tonnes of wheat in 2017 and $21 billion in exports sales.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced an investment of up to $6.2 million to help the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) expand the market for Canadian wheat through technical support, market research, employee exchanges and customized training for customers and commercial partners in over 50 countries.
This project, funded through the AgriMarketing Program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will enable Cigi to strengthen relations with buyers and prevent future market access issues, while expanding existing markets and developing new opportunities around the world.
Announcement is part of Minister Bibeau’s first agricultural tour. Minister Bibeau is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, as well as participate in local agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs and how they will help to build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.
The tour began on March 11 in Vernon, British Columbia and ends today in Winnipeg, Manitoba with stops in Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta.Source : Government of Canada