OTTAWA -- Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay joined in the inaugural celebration of Agriculture Day in Canada on Feb. 16 in downtown Ottawa.
Lauding Canada's 150 years of agricultural advancement and wishing many more to come, Minister MacAuley spoke of the recently released report by the Advisory Council On Economic Growth entitled, Unleashing the Growth Potential of Key Sectors.
The report identifies eight potential sectors that the federal government feels has "significant untapped potential that will require focus and attention to unlock". The report names agriculture and food as the leading sector and uses the ag-food' sector as its primary example for the remainder of the report. Other sectors named were energy and renewables; mining and metals; healthcare and life sciences; advanced manufacturing; financial services; tourism; and education.
"The Canadian ag-food sector has great potential, given the large natural endowment of water and arable land, distinctive record of accomplishments in research, and exceptional base of companies and entrepreneurs," the report says. "This sector also has exposure to favourable global market trends including demand from fast-growing Asian economies where protein consumption is on the rise."
Minister MacAulay reiterated the federal government's commitment to the future of agriculture through international trade agreements, continued cutting edge research, improved access to capital for farmers, food processing, etcetera and to get youth interested and involved in agriculture.
"There are endless opportunities ahead for Canadian agriculture," Minister MacAulay concluded.