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Pre-budget Roundtable Held with Canada Farmers

09 January 2013

CANADA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with farmers in the Saskatoon area to get their input on agriculture policies and to discuss ideas to generate future growth and economic prosperity. Member of Parliament Kelly Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar) hosted the roundtable discussion.

“Our government is focused on policies that create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Minister Ritz.

“Meetings like this allow our government to work directly with farmers to develop innovative programmes that will ensure agriculture remains a key driver of the Canadian economy.”

Minister Ritz highlighted the successful year it has been for the grain industry with the open market for wheat and barley farmers coming into force August 1, 2012.

The Canadian government introduced amendments to the Canada Grain Act, which will streamline and modernize the operations of Canada’s grain industry, and announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, which will encourage railways and shippers to work together toward a stronger rail freight supply chain and a stronger economy.

The recently announced Growing Forward 2 suite of programmes will invest in strategic initiatives in innovation, competitiveness, and market development.

This will further strengthen the sector’s capacity and earnings potential from a growing marketplace for Canadian agricultural products. Canadian families will also have a stronger food safety system thanks to the passage of the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

“Our government knows how important agriculture is to the economy, particularly here in Saskatchewan,” said MP Block. “We are listening to farmers so our programmes and priorities continue to meet their needs, today and into the future.”

The Government will continue to invest in market development, market access, research, science, and innovation to keep Canadian farmers efficient and competitive, while providing predictable, stable, and bankable programmes to help farmers weather disasters.

This roundtable was part of ongoing pre-budget consultations with farmers and agricultural stakeholders.

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