Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 07, 2006 10:25 ET

Governments of Canada and Brazil Establish Consultative Committee on Agriculture

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2006) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Honourable Roberto Rodrigues, Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, creating a bilateral Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA).

Establishing the Canada-Brazil Consultative Committee on Agriculture will provide a high-level forum for representatives from both countries to cooperate and discuss agriculture issues of mutual interest.

"Brazil is a growing agricultural power and an influential player in international policy dialogues," said Minister Strahl. "I am pleased Minister Rodrigues and I are taking steps to deepen this relationship aimed at finding solutions to common challenges that benefit farm families in both our countries."

The creation of similar bilateral committees with the United States and Mexico have proven successful by helping to identify and manage trade irritants before they become formal disputes that impact on trade.

The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadian farmers and processors operate in a rapidly changing global marketplace and that decisions being made in foreign countries increasingly impact Canada. In this context, Canada needs to work with other countries to collaborate on agriculture issues such as falling commodity prices, harmful trading practices and the effects of emerging economies on trade.

This committee will also allow Canadian and Brazilian officials to coordinate and supervise mutually agreed-upon projects between their respective private and public sectors, as well as research centres and others in both countries.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059