Ottawa will soon open a first agricultural office in the Indo-Pacific region

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Ottawa will soon open its first agricultural office in the Indo-Pacific region

Marie-Claude Bibeau was at the Canadian Western Agriculture Fair, the largest cattle show in the country, to meet various players in the agricultural sector.

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Sunday in Regina, Saskatchewan, the upcoming opening of a first Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office. #x27;agrifood Canada.

Open a new office in the Indo-Pacific zone, have Canadian representatives at the level of trade [and] at the level also of the Canadian Agency [ inspection] of food that will be there in the field, it will facilitate the development of new markets, she explained.

The federal government will fund this new office to the tune of $31.8 million, added Marie-Claude Bibeau.

No opening date has yet been set. We will open the office within the next year. There is a lot of work to do. You have to [determine] the choice of location and define the needs, said the Minister.

Ms. Bibeau was notably in Regina, more specifically at the Canadian Western Agriculture fair, the largest livestock exhibition in the country, to meet various actors in the agricultural sector and to start discussions on the Indo-Pacific strategy.

This strategy aims in particular to diversify partnerships and exports in the Indo-Pacific region.

For the Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of agriculture, Todd Lewis, the desire to open an Indo-Pacific office within a year is an ambitious project.

Since we're already late, we have to hurry. It is hoped that the office will be open within a year, but if there are delays along the way, the process has at least begun, he added.

“The Indo-Pacific Strategy will open new markets for the export of Canadian agricultural products while strengthening Canada's role as a food supplier to the world. ;global scale.

— Todd Lewis, Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Similarly, the director of the Canadian Association of cattle producers, Ryan Beierbach, said he was proud to be part of this strategy.

In 2021, the Canadian beef industry recorded record revenues of $4.1 billion dollars thanks to access to the Indo-Pacific region, he explained.

According to him, the opening of the Canadian office in the Indo-Pacific region will therefore make it possible to continue to develop beneficial partnerships for Canadian farmers.

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