FCC Releases Canadian Agriculture's Productivity and Trade Report
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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has released its latest Canadian agriculture productivity and trade report.
The purpose of the report is to look at the overall performance of Canadian agriculture and world markets.
FCC chief economist J.P. Gervais explains what sets Canada apart from other countries when it comes to productivity.
"We're the fifth largest exporter when it comes to agriculture commodities in the world. The idea that we've been able to grow production on our farms faster than the rate of growth of farm inputs. Because of that we manage to grow our exports in world markets, that's what really sets us apart in when it comes to expanding our success in the world markets,"
Gervais notes that 30 per cent of Canada's income in the ag sector comes from exports to the United States, although that could change in the future.
"We have diversified the importance of the US market, we've diversified away from the US, in terms of relying on the US as an export destination over the last few years. I think we're going to be able to continue doing the same, I think it's a good strategy, we're going to always the United States for probably a long time, but diversifying away from the US is actually a pretty good thing," Gervais said.
Canada was the world's fifth largest agriculture exporter in 2015.