Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 06, 2006 19:20 ET

Canada Showcases Science Initiatives with China at Agriculture Fair

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 6, 2006) - Canada's New Government is proud to be co-hosting the Canada-China Agri-Science and Innovation Pavilion at the China Agricultural High-Tech Fair from November 5 to 9, in Yangling, China. The Fair is the most comprehensive agricultural exhibition in China, expected to attract more than one million visitors and featuring over a thousand Chinese and international exhibitors.

The Agri-Science and Innovation Pavilion showcases Canada's collaboration with China in agricultural research related to land management, plant and animal science, food safety, and environment.

"When I visited China recently, I discussed with Chinese Ministers how sharing our expertise and advancing science and innovation with international partners is a top priority for Canada's New Government," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "We're proud to be co-hosting the Pavilion and we look forward to creating new opportunities with China in the months and years to come."

Since 2003, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been working with China to increase cooperation in agriculture science and innovation, and to strengthen the research and education linkages between the two countries.

During Minister Strahl's recent visit to China, October 6 to 13, 2006, he met with the Vice Premier and with the Vice-Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission and discussed working together on constructively sharing Canada's experience with democratic governance in rural issues.

Two other concurrent events are taking place in China this week:

- The 2006 Canada-China Agri-Science Forum during which government and university senior managers, including Deans from the Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, will work on improving coordination of scientific exchange programs between China and Canada; and

- The International Potato Symposium includes the Canada-China Workshop on Potato Research and Development. The Symposium will focus on genomics and applications in potato production in support of sound and sustainable agriculture.

The Canadian delegation is led by AAFC and includes representatives from sector associations and academia.

These events support the AAFC Science and Innovation Strategy by increasing collaboration with other research partners in universities, government and the private sector.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    www.agr.gc.ca.