Canadian Ministers Promote Seafood Industry With $2.8 Million Boost

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News in Brief:
– Minister MacAulay champions Canadian seafood at North American conference, highlighting sustainable practices and fostering international trade.
– Federal funding initiatives and cross-border collaborations promise economic growth for local farmers in Canada’s fish and seafood industry.

In a strategic move to bolster Canada’s global presence in the seafood market, Minister Lawrence MacAulay graced the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. This week-long event, the largest of its kind in North America, provided a platform for showcasing Canada’s commitment to sustainable fisheries and agriculture.

Minister MacAulay, accompanied by federal counterparts and provincial representatives, inaugurated the Canada Pavilion at the expo. The Pavilion, hosted by the Government of New Brunswick, became a focal point for Canadian businesses, accentuating the nation’s diverse fish and seafood products.

During his visit, Minister MacAulay announced federal funding exceeding $2.8 million for eight projects under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing program. This infusion of capital aims to propel Canadian fish and seafood into international markets, fostering growth and sustainability.

Venturing beyond the expo, Minister MacAulay engaged with the Bay State Milling Company, fortifying ties between the US and Canada. Discussions centered around expanding business operations within Canada, emphasising sustainable and innovative agriculture practices. The Bay State Milling Company’s Saskatoon facility, a testament to cross-border collaboration, exports a significant portion of its gluten-free oats to the US.

The minister’s endeavors hold profound implications for local farmers, as the strengthened trade ties between Canada and the United States promise increased economic growth. With over $4.88 billion (CAD) in fish and seafood exports to the US in 2023, Canadian producers stand to benefit, creating more opportunities for harvesters and agri-food producers on both sides of the border.

Minister MacAulay, reflecting on the expo, emphasised the importance of trading relationships in showcasing Canada’s high-quality, sustainable fish and seafood. His commitment to creating opportunities for hardworking fishers and exporters underscores the nation’s dedication to fostering a robust and thriving seafood sector.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.

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