Ministerial Statement
(28 March 2018)

From Hansard - 28 March 2018

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Saskatchewan Signs Canadian Agricultural Partnership Agreement

Hon. Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it’s my pleasure today to recognize the signing of the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement, or CAP, for the province of Saskatchewan.

Through CAP, Canada and Saskatchewan will invest $388 million over five years in strategic initiatives that will help farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses continue to innovate, expand, and advance Saskatchewan as a world-class agri-food producer and supplier.

This federal-provincial agricultural policy framework provides a strong suite of programs to take us from 2018 through 2023. We have worked closely with industry in the development of programs that align with the priorities of Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry.

CAP programs focus on six key areas, including science, research, and innovation; risk management; value-added agriculture and agri-food processing; public trust; markets and trade; and environmental sustainability. The range of programming in CAP includes programs to support on-farm water projects and animal health, as well as programs to further develop value-added processing and build public trust. CAP also emphasizes research and technology transfer to ensure farmers and ranchers have the latest agronomic tools. Individual program details and applications will be made available in the coming weeks.

Additionally, CAP provides business risk management programs, including crop insurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest, and western livestock price insurance to help farmers and ranchers manage risks such as weather and price volatility.

The agriculture sector is an important and key contributor to our province’s diversified economy. Saskatchewan producers harvested nearly 35 million tonnes of crop last year and livestock cash receipts reached around the $2 billion mark. Our province exported over $13.5 billion worth of agricultural agri-food products to the world. Saskatchewan is an agriculture leader in Canada. CAP will build on the success of the previous agreement, Growing Forward 2, which has helped the agriculture industry grow and prosper over the last five years.

I am pleased for Saskatchewan to officially sign CAP. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help position the industry for continued success for years to come. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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