Welcome to the April edition of Agriview+
Despite the challenges we faced in 2020, I'm proud to say the province's producers and agribusinesses once again demonstrated why Saskatchewan has earned a global reputation for high quality and reliability when it comes to our agriculture sector.
The value of our total agri-food exports achieved a record high of $16.9 billion in 2020, bringing us closer to achieving our Growth Plan goal of growing agri-food exports to $20 billion by 2030. Agri-food exports were up 31 per cent from 2019 and represented more than 55 per cent of total provincial exports in 2020, illustrating the importance of agriculture to our provincial economy.
Reaching this record level of agri-food exports speaks to the resilience of the people and businesses of the agriculture industry across the entire province. 2020 reinforced Saskatchewan's reputation as a trusted, safe, and stable supplier of high-quality commodities and value-added products to the world.
Saskatchewan also harvested the second largest crop on record in 2020, at an estimated 39.1 million metric tonnes. The Government of Saskatchewan continues its efforts to reinforce and grow international opportunities. We are opening three new trade offices to support export diversification throughout our growing Asian markets.
In the pages ahead, you'll read about our extensive ongoing planning and collaboration for the next iteration of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding agreement with the federal government, as well as articles providing a close look at growth opportunities for feedlot operations and the importance of having a farm safety plan.
The growth of the agriculture sector would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone who works in the industry. As Minister of Agriculture, I remain committed to supporting you, your families, and your businesses as we work together to advance the industry.
Thank you, as always, for everything you do.
Minister of Agriculture