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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 25, 2016 11:30 ET

Minister MacAulay Attends G7 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting

NIIGATA, JAPAN--(Marketwired - April 25, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay participated in the G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers' meeting in Japan, April 23-24, where ministers supported the adoption of the G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers' Meeting Declaration. The Declaration focuses on work towards revitalizing rural areas and increasing farmers' income; improving sustainable agricultural production and productivity; and reducing agriculture's environmental footprint and adapting to climate change.

Minister MacAulay met for the first time with Mr. Hiroshi Moriyama, Japan's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He used this opportunity to build on Canada's strong trade relations with Japan and underline Canada's commitment to work together on emerging agriculture issues.

Minister MacAulay also held meetings with his U.S. and German counterparts, Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to discuss ways of increasing the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.

Quick facts

  • Canada's agri-food and seafood exports reached a record $61.4 billion in 2015.
  • In September 2015, countries, including the G7, agreed to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, which commit to eliminating global poverty and hunger by 2030.

Quotes

"Canada strongly believes that creating more opportunities for farmers through open agri-food trade is essential to increasing production and helping farmers earn better incomes. Canada will continue to help foster collaboration across the G7 in order to build a resilient global food system that will continue to contribute as a major driver of our economy."

- Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Additional links

- G7 and Canada

- History and Members of the G7

- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

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