Minister Ritz Leads Canadian Agricultural Trade Mission to Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan

Mission Seeks to Build on Record Year for Canadian Agricultural Exports
March 13, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will lead an agricultural trade mission to Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan next week to create more trade opportunities for hard-working Canadian farmers and to support the growth of the agri-food industry.
Minister Ritz will be joined by representatives of the Canadian beef and cereals industries to promote our world-class, safe beef and grains to these markets.
Quick facts
Canadian agri-food and seafood exports in 2014 totalled a record $56.4 billion worldwide.
Canada and South Korea enjoy a free trade agreement which entered into force on January 1, 2015. It is Canada’s first free trade agreement in the Asia Pacific region.
Since 2006, Canadian agri-food and seafood trade with Vietnam, South Korea and Japan has increased 57.4%.
Quotes

“Positioning Canadian agriculture and agri-food products competitively in global markets contributes to creating trade opportunities for our producers. Increasing agricultural exports translates into more jobs and greater economic prosperity for Canadians.”
– Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
Contacts
Jeff EnglishDirector of CommunicationsOffice of the Honourable Gerry Ritz613-773-1059
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