By: Joanne Kowalski, PAg, Regional Crops Specialist
The global reputation of the high quality of Saskatchewan-grown crops means that export of our crops is big business, totalling about $14.4 billion in 2016 – the second largest on record (an increase of 70 per cent since 2010). With the largest land base of agricultural land in Canada (over 40 per cent of the Canadian total), Saskatchewan has 33 million acres in crops each year.
Saskatchewan producers have access to some of the latest technology in food production and, as a result, are able to impact in the global agricultural marketplace. Saskatchewan agri-food exports provide food to Canada and 147 other countries. Some places our crops end up may surprise you. To give you an idea, in 2016 the top ten countries are:
- United States
- United Arab Emirates
In 2016, Saskatchewan produced the majority of Canada’s chickpeas, lentils, flaxseed and more. For a full list, I invite you to visit the Ministry of Agriculture’s International Trade Partners page.
Food for the World
Globally, Saskatchewan’s agricultural exports are worth over $1 billion in each of these product sectors: cereal grains (wheat, oats, rye and barley), oilseeds (canola and flax), pulses (peas and lentils) and edible oils (canola).
In 2016, Saskatchewan crops comprised the majority of Canada’s lentil, pea, canary seed and durum exports. For a full list, again, please visit the Ministry of Agriculture’s International Trade Partners page.
Building on Saskatchewan Strengths
Collaboration among government, industry, producers and researchers continues to make the agriculture industry the most diverse and progressive of Canada’s industry sectors. This relationship ensures that Saskatchewan remains competitive in new areas that will add value and profitability, such as new crops (camelina), honey production, fruit vegetable production and even agri-tourism.