Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 29, 2005 17:31 ET

Agriculture And Agri-Food Canada Invests More Than $500,000 To Support The Atlantic Canada Food Export Partnership

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable R. John Efford, Regional Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, announced today that the Atlantic Canada Food Export Partnership (ACFEP) will receive more than $513,000 from the Canadian Agriculture and Food International (CAFI) Program from October 2005 to December 2006 to help promote products and expand international markets. Over the past two years, CAFI has provided more than $825,000 to ACFEP.

"The Atlantic seafood industry is a leader in Canada," said Mr. Efford. "Thanks to the CAFI program, the industry is on a solid foundation of innovation, one of the keys to the future."

The Canadian Agriculture and Food International Program supports the development of international markets. The Atlantic Canada Food Export Partnership provides the region with the tools it needs to increase and develop export opportunities. Atlantic Canada exports almost $900 million worth of agri-food products and more than $3 billion in seafood products each year.

Canada exports more than 80% of its fish and seafood production to more than 130 countries. In 2004, exports (685,249 tonnes) were valued at $4.4 billion. The United States is Canada's largest export market (63% of Canada's seafood trade is with the U.S.), followed by Japan and the European Union. Lobster, crab, Atlantic salmon and coldwater shrimp account for 60% of total Canadian seafood exports.

In addition to seafood, Atlantic Canada is also a major exporter of agri-food products like wild blueberries, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and value-added food products to markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Processed potatoes including french fries make up more than 40 % of non-seafood exports from Atlantic Canada.

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