Increasing global demand for food, feed and fuel will require a growing value-added agriculture industry that supports primary production, uses innovative processing technologies, and builds partnerships with private and public players committed to the same goals. To support value-added production in Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan established the Agriculture Value-Added Strategy.
The Value-Added Strategy:
- Builds on our existing strengths in primary agriculture;
- Attracts investment, develops infrastructure and creates new knowledge and opportunities;
- Captures value closer to home, thereby increasing economic benefits to producers, agri-business and the people of Saskatchewan; and
- Increases the value-added sector's contribution to gross domestic product in a way that is sustainable.
The strategy's target is to increase total revenue from the value-added sector from $3.5 billion in 2012 to $6 billion in 2020, an increase of 50 per cent.
The strategy will meet this target through:
Creating an environment for growth - Although Saskatchewan has the necessary ingredients for growth, there are still hurdles to overcome. Programs and services will help businesses overcome challenges and benefit from growth opportunities.
Research and Research Commercialization
Innovative processing - Agriculture research and the commercialization of research are important contributors to the economy. This approach involves identifying new technologies that enhance value, developing new uses for crop ingredients, commercializing innovative technology and being open to collaboration.
Trade and Market Development
Fostering international trade - Saskatchewan companies need access to markets around the world. This includes overcoming regulatory issues, growing our existing markets, and creating markets and demand for new and existing crop ingredients.
Building the investment climate - To grow the value-added processing sector, a mix of domestic and international investment is required to expand existing companies and attract new interests to Saskatchewan. This component involves introducing investors to Saskatchewan's opportunities along the value chain, and demonstrating that Saskatchewan is an attractive and competitive jurisdiction in which to do business.
The Agriculture Value-Added Strategy is supported by:
- Ministry of Agriculture (Value-Added Unit)
- Ministry of Trade and Export Development (formerly Ministry of the Economy)
- Innovation Saskatchewan