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Value-Added Strategy and Unit Overview

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:

Competitiveness: 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.

Investment Attraction: 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.

Value-Added Unit Overview

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:

  • Rural municipalities and regional economic agencies: Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA); Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC);
  • Global Transportation Hub;
  • Crown corporations;
  • Service providers in the sector:
    • University of Saskatchewan;
    • University of Regina;
    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic;
    • Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (The Food Centre);
    • Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI);
    • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
    • NRC-IRAP;
    • STEP;
    • Ag-West Bio

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

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