Members of Parliament toured the country last week to see how the government can help grow Canada's agriculture industry.

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee toured Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia from May 7th to 10th, as part of a current study on the advancements of technology and research in the ag sector.

On the trip was Foothills MP and Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture, John Barlow, who said the Government has set a goal of reaching $75 billion in Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports by 2025.

He adds the trip was important to see how the government can help the industry reach this goal.

"This is a chance for us to see different sectors across the country from innovation at universities, to processing, to manufacturing at the Case, New Holland facility at Saskatoon, to really get a sense of what some of our businesses are doing and what some of the obstacles are that they're facing."

On the tour, the committee stopped at a grain terminal in Saskatoon, which Barlow said, allowed them to gain a better understanding of the factors hindering access to new markets.

"To see the technology at the grain terminal and also the terminal in Vancouver, it's great to see some of the innovation and investment in infrastructure that we need to do to ensure that not only do we sell our products globally, but have infrastructure access to those new markets as well."

He said they also stopped by the University of Guelph, where they saw new technology to make things like car parts and compostable coffee cups from agriculture products.

Barlow, along with his Associate Agriculture Critic, Luc Berthold, said in a conclusive statement about the committee's travels that they will continue to advocate for less red tape and unnecessary restrictions by Government on the agriculture sector.

 

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