China suspends pork export from Red Deer plant

RED DEER – Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen called on the federal government to find solutions to China suspending pork exports from Red Deer plant.

“We are deeply concerned by the action taken by the Chinese government and are taking immediate steps to help resolve the situation,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen.

“The federal government must find a resolution to these diplomatic disputes and restore access to our agricultural export markets. We are working with them to do so.”

Dreeshen said the province has offered every technical and scientific capability they have to help work with Canada and China to resolve the issue.

“Alberta, Canada and the other provinces have agreed to extend the AgriStability participation deadline to July 2, enabling Alberta producers affected by the Canada/China trade dispute to have access to business risk-management programs. The two-month sign-up extension will apply to all sectors.”

Dreeshen said market access is a critical issue for Alberta’s farmers and ranchers.

“We are standing with them to ensure they continue to have access to the support programs they need. We are also building more demand for Alberta’s high-quality products – in more places – by leading and participating in trade missions to promote our agricultural sector.

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