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Value-Added in Saskatchewan Overview


2020-2030 Growth Plan Value-Added Goals

The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth 2020-2030 identifies targets for the value-added sector including:

  • achieving $10 billion in revenue by 2030;
  • crushing 75 per cent of canola grown in Saskatchewan;
  • processing 50 per cent of pulses produced in the province; and
  • doubling meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue to over $1 billion.

Value-Added Agriculture Processing Definition

Value-added agriculture product is defined as the upgrading of a raw primary agricultural product(s), or further upgrading of a processed product or derivative (includes co-product, byproduct) into a new food, beverage, feed or bio-product.

Value-added agriculture includes primary and secondary processing along with packaging

The Importance of Value-Added Agriculture

  • A strong and vibrant value-added sector helps diversify Saskatchewan's economy, contributes to gross domestic product (GDP), creates jobs and attracts additional investment.
  • A diverse sector creates more domestic markets for Saskatchewan's agricultural commodities, reducing the price volatility that producers face and the constraints on our rail, roads and air transportation systems.
  • Value-added processing capitalizes on the diversity of crops that can be grown, such as oilseeds, pulses, cereals, spices and horticulture crops from which a wide range of proteins, fibres, starches, sugars and antioxidants can be obtained.
  • Value-added activities can continue to capitalize on sector trends fuelled by changes in consumer preferences such as the demand for micro-brewing and distilling, plant-based protein, as well as emerging industries like cannabis.

Saskatchewan Agri-Value Forum

The Agri-Value Forum offers a platform for industry members to network and conduct professional development.

Held in Saskatoon each spring, the event offers industry an opportunity to hear from national and international experts on topics, trends and innovations that are shaping the food, beverage and bio-product sectors. The event also provides an opportunity for managers and entrepreneurs to learn industry best practices and to build relationships that can support their business success.

Check the event website to stay current on event dates, topics and speakers for each annual event.

To learn more about what Agri-Value Forum is about, check out our highlight video.

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