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Canada Gains Meat Market Access to Mongolia

by 5m Editor
17 June 2009, at 9:03am

OTTAWA, CANADA - Canadian farmers and exporters now have new market opportunities in Mongolia for beef, cattle and swine and their products. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement today after meeting with Mongolia's Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the Honourable Tunjin Badamjunai.

"Market by market, commodity by commodity, this Government is making sure Canadian farmers have every opportunity to reach customers around the world," said Minister Ritz. "Today's announcement is an important development in relations between our two countries, and opens doors to many new exports and opportunities in agricultural cooperation."

"The Government's decision to open a new Embassy in Ulaanbataar last year is already paying dividends," said International Trade Minister Stockwell Day, who met with Minister Badamjunai on Monday to discuss further trade cooperation. "We are the second largest foreign investor in Mongolia and our existing strong commercial relationship in the mining sector is broadening into real opportunities for Canada's agricultural producers."

The recent approval of several Canadian Food Inspection Agency export certificates demonstrates once again the appetite for our safe, high quality products on international markets. Canadian agriculture and food products that can be exported to Mongolia are: live cattle, live swine, ovine/caprine genetics (sheep/goats), bovine genetics, porcine semen, day old chicks and hatching eggs, and meat products, including all beef and beef products.

Minister Ritz met his Mongolian counterpart in Ottawa today to discuss agriculture cooperation and trade opportunities between the two countries. As part of this mission, Minister Badamjunai and his governmental and business delegation will also travel to Saskatchewan, a province with which Mongolia has a close agricultural relationship.