Thursday, July 11, 2019

Feds offer $13 million to boost grain, oilseed exports

The federal government has put $13 million on offer for companies and organizations to boost their export marketing of grains and oilseeds.

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said “these investments will help Canada’s agricultural and agri-food exporters in their efforts to diversify markets, positioning them to take full advantage of new opportunities created through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).”

Bibeau is in full election-campaign mode, using more than $21 million in taxpayers money this week alone for the beef, grains and oilseeds sectors.

The government said that “combined with Canada’s other free trade agreements, Canadian farmers and producers with preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries.”

The projects are funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing Program, which “supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada's reputation for high quality and safe food.” the government said.