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FEATURE: CANADA'S FUTURE IN FOOD PROCESSING
needs to grow its
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"The ability to implement technology on large-scale
farms is one of our advantages in our sector," he said.
"Try doing that on one-acre farms in another area of
the world. That becomes one of the big opportunities we have along with our political stability and our
However, the industry also faces its share of obstacles, Al-Katib said, such as trade barriers and regulations. The country does not have preferential trade
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"Until we recognize and we secure preferential access
through trade agreements, we're going to be in trouble,"
he said. "All of the things that we're struggling with in
countries like India today would be subjects of a comprehensive trade agreement. We need to continue to urge that
type of movement."
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States, China, the Netherlands and Brazil.
"I'm not happy about being No. 5; it is not something
we should celebrate," Al-Katib said. "We've got a lot
of people coming right behind us and ahead of us. I
think with a concerted effort, we can boost our share."
Al-Katib said projections show that Canada can
reach 8% market share, putting it second only to the
United States. That increase would translate into $11
billion of growth in the sector by 2027.
Canada can reach those goals through productivity
gains and breeding and agronomy, Al-Katib said.
"We continue to see certain lands becoming more
productive," he said. "We are seeing broader irrigation
programs that will allow us to boost production as we
How Canada will help feed 9 billion people in the
decades ahead will be addressed in the Canadian government's Economic Strategy Tables. The tables are a
new model for industry-government collaboration and
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clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences
and resources of the future.
As part of the Agri-Food Table, which Al-Katib chairs,
a food policy framework is being developed. Bottle-
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