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China DelegationFeb. 6, 2012 - As part of Prince Minister Stephen Harper's trade mission to China, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Senator JoAnne Buth and the agriculture delegation visited a variety of sites.


February 6, 2012
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
 China Delegation 
Stephen Yu
(Viterra), Jim Everson (Canola Council of Canada) and Stephen Vandervalk
(Grain Growers of Canada) visited the Fangchenggang Maple Grain & Oil Industrial Co. Ltd in China.


 

Feb. 6, 2012 – As part of Prince Minister Stephen Harper's trade mission to China,
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Senator JoAnne Buth and the agriculture
delegation visited a variety of sites.

The delegation met with Guangxi Beibu Gulf Port Chairman Ye and discussed the strong agriculture trade relationship between Canada and China. Chairman Ye explained that the Guangxi Port has imported and handled up to $400 million of Canadian agriculture products a year. Chairmen Ye expressed great interest in importing Canadian wheat and barley.

As well, the representatives visited the Fangchenggang Maple Grain & Oil Industrial Co. Ltd. – a canola crushing joint-venture with Regina-based company Viterra Inc. The canola crush facility opened officially in December 2011 with the help of the largest single Canadian agriculture investment in China – $25 million. Fangchenggang Maple Grain & Oil Industrial Co. Ltd. imports up to $370 million worth of canola annually, providing stability for the Canadian canola market in China. The Canadian agriculture industry was represented by Stephen Yu
(Viterra), Jim Everson (Canola Council of Canada) and Stephen Vandervalk
(Grain Growers of Canada).