Woodstock, ON- Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of over $1 million to the Canadian Swine Exporters Association (CSEA) to help boost international recognition of Canada’s superior purebred swine genetics.
This investment will help CSEA members increase awareness of the value and quality of Canadian swine by participating in key international trade shows and leading targeted trade missions. It will also ensure that Canada remains a world leader in swine genetics; particularly in attributes that improve meat quality, feed efficiency, environmental issues, and biosecurity.
- Created in 1980, the Canadian Swine Exporters Association supplies the finest Canadian swine breeding stock, fresh, and frozen semen as well as technology, training, and consultation.
- Canada is the third-largest pork exporter in the world, with sales of over $3.6 billion to more than 100 countries worldwide.
- The trade agreement between Canada and the European Union will significantly boost trade and investment ties. Once fully implemented, this agreement will give Canadian farmers yearly duty-free access for up to 80,000 tonnes of pork.
- This investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.
“Canada’s swine producers play a key role in creating jobs and prosperity for Canadian farm families, and this investment will go a long way in helping our swine export industry showcase top-quality Canadian genetics around the world, seize new market opportunities, and increase profits for our pork producers.”
Member of Parliament Dave MacKenzie
“Canadian Swine Exporters Association`s mission is to develop new markets around the world. With the funding received and the assistance from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Growing Forward 2 Market Development Stream, we are actively exporting purebred swine genetics to many countries worldwide. We are proud of our Canadian swine breeders, who are producing the best quality, high-health swine genetics in the world. The exporting activity, through the members of Canadian Swine Exporters Association, keeps our swine industry viable and creates jobs for Canadians. We are thankful for the funding we have received which helps us be a world leader with a respected reputation.”
Gordon Waters, Vice-President of the Canadian Swine Exporters Association
Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Comprehensive Economic Trade and Agreement (Canada’s Economic Action Plan)