Nova Scotia’s agriculture and agri-food sector will benefit from increased co-operation, better sharing of information and expertise and more partnering on initiatives through a memorandum of understanding between Atlantic agriculture ministers. Agriculture Minister Mark Parent signed the memorandum at a meeting in Charlottetown today, Jan. 26, with the goal to better develop the industry in the region. “Better co-operation will allow our industry to enhance its strengths and opportunities, and increase its already substantial impact on the region’s economy,” said Mr. Parent. “We will work together on issues affecting the industry, share and develop infrastructure opportunities and pursue regional marketing and promotional initiatives.” The ministers noted that the agriculture and agri-food industry is a significant part of the region’s economy with about 8,800 farms that employ more than 15,000 people. Total annual farm cash receipts are about $1.4 billion and the total value of farm capital is more than $5.6 billion. Exports of agri-food products from the region to international markets are in excess of $912 million. Under the memorandum, the ministers agree d to work toward harmonized regulation and policy initiatives in areas such as food safety and quality, traceability, environmental stewardship, research and statistics, extension services, animal health and beneficial management practices. The ministers also noted that with a regional population of 2.2 million people, and with 100 million consumers in central Canada and the northeast United States, there are major market opportunities for agriculture and food products produced in Atlantic Canada. The ministers instructed officials to develop a workplan to assess progress and identify new opportunities for collaboration.
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