‘We’re going to champion the things we grow and produce in Ontario’
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli will head to South Korea and Japan next month to participate in an agricultural trade mission.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Tuesday at the International Plowing Match in Verner.
He said Fedeli, along with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, will be a champion for the country’s agricultural products.
“We will be bullied by other countries, but we will stand up for our farmers,” Ford said to applause and cheers.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in rural Ontario and we are committed to providing rural communities with broadband and natural gas to make life easier for farmers and their communities.”
Hardeman said this is an “incredible opportunity” to stand up for farmers and help open doors to international markets.
“We’re going to champion the things we grow and produce in Ontario,” he said. “Fedeli and I will be there to promote Ontario as an attractive destination to do business and invest in. We will develop new connections for our province that will help bring jobs to Ontario and help create new markets for our agriculture products.”
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Hardeman said in order to grow the economy Ontario has to expand its reach beyond its boarders and beyond its typical trading partners.
“Our delegation will champion the things we grow and do right here in Ontario. This mission is an important step we’re taking to strengthen the sector and future success.”
Fedeli, who serves as the minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, said the agriculture industry adds $40 billion to Ontario’s economy and more than 170,000 people work in the sector.
And 95 per cent of all farms are family owned, Fedeli added.
The trade mission will run from Oct. 12-24.