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Research to Open Canadian Canola Exports to China

09 February 2012

CANADA & CHINA - Meeting this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed on joint research that aims to create a stable trading environment with China for Canadian canola seed.

China is one of Canada's most valuable canola export markets. In 2009, China restricted imports of Canadian canola seed due to the presence of blackleg, a fungal disease in canola and rapeseed. While a transitional agreement granted by China in November of the same year allows temporary and limited exports of canola, Canadian and Chinese governments and industry continue to work toward a long-term solution.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by Prime Minister Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, allows for Canadian-funded joint research to be conducted in Canada to provide a better understanding of blackleg and assist officials in mitigating the risks to Chinese crops associated with the disease. The MOU, which is effective immediately, is part of an ongoing strategy to achieve a stable trading environment with China for Canadian canola seed.

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