The aim of the working group is to collaborate to develop strategies to support farmers and processors, helping them adjust to the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It will also discuss support to reflect the impact of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
In addition to discussing the impact of the trade agreements in the short term, the working group will also chart a path forward to help the poultry and egg sectors innovate and remain an important source of jobs and economic growth for future generations. The Ministry said that supporting expertise to the working group could also include academic leaders, as well as industry and financial experts.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said: “This working group will ensure the voices of the hardworking men and women who are building and growing our farm businesses are heard and reflected, as we develop a path forward to ensure our poultry and egg sectors remain strong and competitive well into the future. Together, we will make sure our industries are well-positioned to thrive.”
Earlier this month, the Ministry strengthened ties with the EU with an agricultural outreach mission, which included visits to Spain, Belgium and Italy.