Sat, 16 Oct 2010

Indonesia, a major international buyer of Prairie wheat, has given Canadian grown crops its official blessing, eliminating the need for costly testing at Indonesian ports.

The move gives Canada preferred status in a market worth more than $300 million a year to Prairie wheat farmers, and effectively recognizes the superior quality-control systems for grain exported from Canada, according to the Winnipeg-based Canadian Wheat Board.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who led a trade mission to Indonesia earlier this week, announced the achievement today.

On average, eight per cent of all wheat exported each year by the wheat board goes to Indonesia, which is typically one of Canada’s top five wheat customers.

Today, Ritz is in Japan at the first-ever Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agricultural meeting, looking to expand market opportunities for farmers.

At the meeting, he will also hold bilateral talks with agriculture leaders from China, Mexico, and South Korea.