Grain farmers pleased with new TPP trade agreement

By rdnewsNOW staff
January 25, 2018 - 9:43am

Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) is welcoming this week’s announcement that Canada and the other members have successfully concluded negotiations on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Officials with CGC say Canadian grain farmers are trade dependent and the nations involved in the CPTPP represent some of our most lucrative and fastest growing markets for grains, pulses, and oilseeds.

“This agreement will benefit tens of thousands of grain farmers spread across Canada,” said President, Jeff Nielsen, who is from Olds. “Grains are part of a dynamic agriculture sector that employs 2.3 million hard-working middle-class Canadians who will all benefit from being part of this agreement. Growers across Canada thank the Government for following through with this trade agreement and look forward to continuing to support a trade agenda that delivers results for Canada’s export oriented agriculture sector.”

The CGC says grain farmers seek a level playing field and rules-based terms when engaging with trading partners, and that tariff reductions and trade rules that have been negotiated in this trade agreement will benefit the entire Canadian economy.

“By providing tools like strong trade agreements, the Canadian government can help farmers grow our industry and the economy far into the future,” said Margaret Hansen, Chair of the GGC Trade Committee. “This will help our growers increase exports to meet the government’s ambitious target of $75 billion in exports by 2025. I am confident this is a goal we can achieve.”

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