Trade mission to China to result in new agreements for pork, beef and canola
Ottawa, Ont. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trade mission to China will result in a series of new agricultural and agri-food trade agreements between the two countries.
That’s according to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who noted that the government intends to grow its strong trade relationship with China for agriculture products such as beef, canola, pork, grain, pulses and genetics. In 2010 Canadian producers exported $2.6 billion worth of agricultural and agri-food products to China.
Ritz also announced several agricultural initiatives coming out of the trade talks. They include:
“China is an important market for Canadian farmers and by working together with Chinese producers and processors we can open new windows of opportunity in both countries,” said Ritz. “Strengthening the Canada-China agricultural trade relationship with these agreements is the result of the strong trade relationship we have built with our Chinese partners over many years.”