Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart heads to Japan this weekend for a seven day trade mission.
Stewart says the trade mission will focus on relationship management, network development, promotion, and expressing their strong interest in increasing trade with Japan through the Trans Pacific Partnership. Stewart says Japan is Saskatchewan's third largest exporting partner for agriculture products, shipping out $4.2 billion last year. More specifically, Stewart says the Asian country is the province's largest exporter for non-durum wheat, and second largest for canola seed. He also says it's a priority market for durum wheat, flax, oats, barley, malt and pork products. He also feels if the TPP comes to reality, there could be a large market available for Saskatchewan's beef products. Stewart will be returning November 17th