Located in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan is home to more than 40% of Canada’s cultivated farmland – some of the most productive land in the world.
Saskatchewan’s diverse agriculture and agri-food sector has an international reputation for consistently supplying high-quality food and ingredients. Saskatchewan is the largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada.
With a vast, productive land base and a collaborative approach to crop development research, Saskatchewan is playing an increasingly important role as a major food supplier to the world’s rapidly growing population.
Saskatchewan is Canada's most important grain-producing region, supplying more than one-third of the world's exports of durum wheat. Saskatchewan is also the world's top exporter of lentils and dried peas. Our pulse crop sector has grown into a billion-dollar export industry that employs more than 1,000 people.
Saskatchewan produces over 50% of Canada's total canola production. In fact, Saskatchewan scientists helped develop canola more than 40 years ago.
Saskatchewan is the world's largest exporter of mustard, flaxseed and canola. We are the second largest cattle-producing province in Canada, generating about $1.99 billion in livestock farm cash receipts in 2016.
In 2016, Saskatchewan exported $14.4 billion in agri-food products, accounting for more than one-third of the province’s total export earnings.
Saskatchewan is feeding the world – our quality inputs plus agricultural technical expertise equal a growing agri-value industry.
More than 300 food processing companies in Saskatchewan produce a wide range of cereal, meat, dairy and bakery products, as well as food ingredients. These processors ship goods valued at approximately $4.3 billion annually. Saskatchewan's primary export markets are the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim countries.
The opportunities in food, crop and beverage processing are as wide as our prairie sky. Since we grow a large volume of pulse crops, there is great potential for pulse processing. There is also strong potential in meat processing and slaughtering, grain-based products, organic food, animal feeds and functional foods.