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Asia: farming’s new frontier

By 2050, global demand for food is projected to increase by 60 per cent. A strong focus on trade, science and innovation will help the industry meet that demand, while bringing the world’s best food to our tables. Our government will continue to work side-by-side with industry to achieve even greater success for Canadian producers, processors and exporters in China and around the world.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, pictured in China in this file photo. Mr. MacAulay says China is Canada’s second-largest customer for agriculture and agri-food. Canada's agri-food exports to China have grown by almost $1.5-billion over the past five years. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector brings jobs, high-quality food, and economic growth to Canadians. “From gate to plate,” farmers and food processors generate more than $62-billion of our exports, employ more Canadians than any other manufacturing industry in the country, and bring innovative, high-quality food to Canadians’ dinner plates every day. At the foundation of this economic engine are almost 200,000 farmers and thousands of small to medium-sized agri-food entrepreneurs. This is why it’s no surprise that agriculture is a core priority for our government.

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