Canadian government helps swine producers boost exports

22-03-2012 | |

Canadian swine producers will benefit from increased export access with the support of the Government of Canada.

Parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, recently announced an investment of more than CAN$1.3 million (€1 million) to help the Canadian Swine Exporters Association (CSEA) increase its international marketing and promotion of Canadian purebred swine genetics.

Secretary Lemieux said: “Our Government’s top priority remains the economy, and Canada’s swine producers play a key role in creating jobs and economic growth. This investment will help our swine producers expand their production and capture new markets to strengthen their businesses and our overall economy.”

The investment enables CSEA members to participate in key industry trade shows, including the International Livestock and Dairy Expo (Ildex) in Vietnam, which starts on Thursday, March 22.

AgriMarketing funding also helped facilitate a new contract for Canadian swine genetics worth CAN$1.6 million (€1.2 million) during minister Ritz’s trade mission to China last month, when Genesus, one of the top swine breeding companies in the world, signed a contract for 1,000 breeding swine.

“The AgriMarketing Program has assisted us in opening new markets in new countries to further develop the swine industry globally,” said CSEA executive director Rosemary Smart.

“Today, the Canadian swine sector benefits from a solid reputation all over the world for its top-quality, healthy genetics.”

Related websites:
Canadian Swine Exporters Association

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Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world