February 07, 2014 13:10 ET
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2014) - On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Member of Parliament Ted Falk (Provencher) announced today an investment of up to $483,650 in Equine Canada (EC) to help develop key export markets with long-term potential for the sale of Canadian-bred horses and horse genetics. The goal is to help Canadian horse breeders compete effectively and successfully in the international market place.
EC will lead missions to, and host visitors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China and South Africa to enable Canadian and foreign stakeholders to meet face to face. To capitalize on the large number of international visitors expected to attend the PanAm Games in Toronto in 2015, EC will also hold a PanAmerican Showcase featuring Canadian horses.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting the agricultural industry through strategic investments to grow international markets. This investment will help the equine sector develop key export markets for our Canadian-bred horses to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry."
Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher
"Equine Canada is extremely pleased to receive funding under the Growing Forward 2 AgriMarketing. We believe strongly in the importance of this program on behalf of our industry. This funding is another step towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Canadian equine industry. We have two main objectives: develop key export markets with long-term potential for the sale of Canadian-Bred horses and the rejuvenation of domestic demand for those horses by showcasing the wide range of opportunities available to the new generation of Canadian horse owners."
Michael Gallagher, President Equine Canada
Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Comprehensive Economic Trade and Agreement (Canada's Economic Action Plan)
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