The growing season is underway and it’s a busy time for all of us in the agriculture industry. I hope each of you can still find some time to relax with family and friends and enjoy our Saskatchewan summer.
Last month, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced the 2016-17 Provincial Budget. The Ministry of Agriculture budget is $389.8 million – a 7.5 per cent increase from the previous year. This budget recognizes the strength and importance of our province’s agriculture industry and the need for continued investment.
Agriculture is a stable contributor to Saskatchewan’s economy and the Ministry will continue to offer the programs and services needed to keep the entire agriculture industry strong. We believe a strong agriculture industry means a strong Saskatchewan.
Within the budget is a $71.2 million investment into strategic initiatives under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 Agreement. While we are focused on funding GF2, we are also planning ahead for a new agreement. We held consultations with industry in June and will continue to talk with stakeholders as this new agreement takes shape.
Later this month, I will meet with Agriculture Ministers from across Canada to discuss the next agricultural policy framework, which will be the basis for the new agreement. Following the meeting, the Ministerial Policy Statement, called the Calgary Statement will be released outlining priority policy areas. I will ensure Saskatchewan’s priorities are supported in the Calgary Statement and as the next agricultural policy framework takes shape.
Minister of Agriculture