CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is thrilled to hear that negotiators have successfully concluded an agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“Gaining improved market access is crucially important for Canada’s export-oriented agriculture industry,” says Levi Wood, President of the Wheat Growers. “Allowing competitors to gain preferential access to key export markets would have been devastating for the grain, cattle and hog sectors.”
The TPP deal will ensure market access for Canadian wheat, canola, barley and other crops is equal to access for our main competitors in the United States and Australia.
Substantial gains are also expected for export shipments of Canadian beef and pork. The agreement should also lead to significant improvements in market access for Canadian canola oil, malt and other processed grain products.Expansion of the livestock sector and grain processing in western Canada is seen as vitally important in broadening market options for prairie grain farmers and reducing our dependence on shipping raw grain by rail.
“This deal will significantly strengthen the agricultural economy in western Canada,” says Wood. “We congratulate negotiators on reaching an agreement that will allow agriculture to make an even greater contribution to Canada’s prosperity.”
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.