Federal government and grain industry collaborate to improve grain value chain
Nov. 21, Ottawa, ON - Agriculture industry experts will work under a new mandate to continue their work on finding efficiencies and driving costs out of the entire value chain. The Crop Logistics Working Group's (CLWG) second mandate will focus on improving the performance of the supply chain for all crops, with a focus on innovation, capacity, and stakeholder collaboration.
"The economy remains a top priority and agriculture is playing a vital role as a driver of jobs and future growth," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Along with a focus on innovation, markets, and competitiveness, our government knows that logistical efficiencies can also strengthen the overall economy by ensuring that the agricultural sector can reap the rewards of a dynamic and growing global marketplace."
The CLWG provides a venue for collaboration throughout the supply chain to help improve the efficiency in how grains move from farm to customer, whether in Canada or around the globe. The CLWG will identify performance measurement gaps in grain industry supply chains and work to develop a grain logistics performance measurement framework. They will also have a mandate to find ways to build capacity and investigate how innovation can further strengthen the logistical value chain.
This renewed mandate for the CLWG is part of the Harper Government's long-term strategy to strengthen and modernize the grain industry. The Harper Government has already removed the single desk and introduced reforms for the Canadian Grain Commission, and it will be tabling legislation to improve the rail freight system. These changes will attract investment, encourage innovation, create value-added jobs, and build a stronger economy across the country. Growing Forward 2 will also continue to focus on modernizing the grain sector. The CLWG will continue to provide industry leadership on how to capture the opportunities that marketing freedom provides.