Harper Government Helps Give Competitive Edge to Swine Exporters

Woodstock, ON – Canadian swine producers will boost exports and become more competitive on the world stage with the support of the Harper Government. Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment to help the Canadian Swine Exporters Association (CSEA) increase international recognition of Canada’s superior purebred swine genetics.

“Our Government’s top priority remains the economy, and Canada’s swine producers play a key role in creating jobs and prosperity for Canadian farm families,” said MP MacKenzie. “This investment will help our swine export industry showcase top-quality Canadian genetics around the world, helping them capture new markets, and increase profits for our pork producers.”

The nearly $900,000 investment will help CSEA members increase awareness of the value, quality, and diversity 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.

“Significant investments in our foreign markets help the Canadian Swine Exporters Association achieve our long term marketing goals,” said Rosemary Smart, CSEA Executive Director. “We appreciate that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is able to provide funding that helps our industry grow forward in the global marketplace.”

Today’s announcement is part of an $88-million investment provided through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward, which helps the agriculture industry implement long-term international strategies, including activities such as international market development, industry-to-industry trade advocacy, and consumer awareness and branding.

To find out more about the AgriMarketing Program or the Canada Brand international strategy, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/agrimarketing or www.marquecanadabrand.agr.gc.ca.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Jeff English
Press Secretary
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz