Statement to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
• Thank you for inviting me to speak on behalf of CAFTA, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance on the on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework.
• CAFTA is the voice of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters. CAFTA is a coalition of organizations that seek a more open and fair international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food. Our members represent farmers, processors and exporters from the major trade dependent sectors including; beef, pork, grains, oilseed, pulse, soy, malt and sugar sectors. Together, we account for 90% of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food exports, about $54 billion dollars in exports and an economic activity that supports 940,000 jobs across the country.
• What I would like to imprint on the committee today is the importance of competitive access to global markets for Canada’s export-oriented agriculture and agri-food sector.