The message was clear at the ribbon cutting for Agrocorp's new processing plant in Moose Jaw: producers looking to get a cut of the international pie are welcome.
© Justin Crann
Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan's Minister of Agriculture, was on-hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony on AgroCorp's new processing plant in Moose Jaw Friday. Stewart said the plant represents a win-win opportunity for the company and local producers.
"We are bringing the market to the producers. That's the whole ball game," said Vijay Iyengar, chairman and managing director of Agrocorp International.
Iyengar was in town to celebrate the opening of the new Moose Jaw facility, which promises quick cleaning and loading of specialty crops, with the capacity to handle wheat and canola in the long term.
It draws on Agrocorp's almost 30 years of involvement with Canadian specialty crop producers, Iyengar said. It is working in tandem with McDougall Acres, who have a rich background in farming.
"We've been in the business of buying Canadian specialty crops since 1985," he said. "It's a long period of time, and over the years this was something we always wanted to do. The time was right for this business, and Moose Jaw happens to be the best location we could get, so we're very excited with this project going forward."
The excitement is shared with the provincial government, said Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture.
"Agrocorp is particularly welcome. They do business around the world. They have contacts and consumers worldwide and they can introduce Saskatchewan products into markets we otherwise wouldn't have gotten into," he said. "We're very pleased with this.
"Increasing production is part of the equation for success, but you can't do that unless you develop new or bigger markets," Stewart added. "That's where facilities like this one, and companies like Agrocorp come in."
To hear Stewart tell it, the opening of the new Agrocorp facility is a win-win situation for the province and for the company.
"The premier, in his trip to Singapore, identified Agrocorp as a company we should try to attract," he said. "And it's a win for Agrocorp, too. Our producers are cutting edge, and I think they'll enjoy working with them."