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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 strategy will meet this target through:
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.
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.
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.
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.
To support the four pillars, the Ministry of Agriculture's Value-Added Unit provides knowledge of many disciplines, including agriculture, economic development, product development and marketing, intellectual property, international and domestic logistics, and value chain partnerships.
The public drivers of the strategy include:
The success of the strategy also hinges on additional public support as well as strong partnerships with the academic community, government organizations, and private industry that is committed to these same goals including but not limited to:
In collaboration with Ag-West Bio, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade and Export Development hold an annual conference focused on engaging existing and prospective value-added organizations. The 2020 Saskatchewan Agri-Value Forum was cancelled due to COVID-19.
For more information on the Value-added Strategy or Value-Added Unit, contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Value-Added Unit at email@example.com
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