Minister pleased with progress at agriculture meetings

Canada's federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers met in Ottawa yesterday to help Canadian farmers and food processors grow their businesses.

Ministers discussed next steps toward developing the forthcoming agricultural policy framework, and they will reconvene in July to ensure work is on track to launch the framework on April 1, 2018. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac attended the meetings and says he is encouraged that all ministers understand the industry’s importance to the Island’s economy and those of the Atlantic region and the nation.

“There are tremendous opportunities for the future of Canada’s agriculture industry and we will continue to work closely with our federal and provincial counterparts and with industry to provide programming that meets the needs of our farmers, our consumers and our communities,” the minister said. “While we all have our own priorities, we recognize that by working together, we can achieve great things for the industry as a whole.”

Prince Edward Island’s balanced 2017-18 operating budget commits $27.8 million to the Island’s agriculture industry.

Ministers also discussed the importance of trade and market development. Canada and the United States have a long-standing history of cooperation and remain each other’s number one trading partner for agricultural products, which supports millions of middle-class jobs on both sides of the border. Ministers also committed to preserve the integrity of the supply management system.

In addition, the ministers emphasized the importance of agriculture and agri-food to the Canadian economy. Prince Edward Island’s agriculture industry is valued at approximately $500 million and employs approximately 3,100 people, primarily in rural areas.

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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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