The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) has received $6.2 million in funding from the federal government, announced by new Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Cigi is based at Winnipeg, Man.
The funding is earmarked to expand the market for Canadian wheat through technical support, market research, employee exchanges, and customized training for customers and commercial partners in over 50 countries.
The funding is through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) AgriMarketing Program.
“The Canadian International Grains Institute has been successful in their sustained efforts to ensure buyers here and abroad have a better knowledge and trust in Canadian wheat quality. This investment demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed to supporting the grains sector, improving their competitiveness and fostering continued economic growth for our middle-class and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.” — Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“The Government of Canada has been a key contributor to Cigi’s success throughout its 47-year history. Over the next three years this funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program will be used by Cigi to maintain confidence in Canadian wheat quality in international markets, improve customer knowledge of the performance and functionality of Canadian wheat, and gather and share information on customers’ end-use requirements with the Canadian value chain.” — JoAnne Buth, CEO, Canadian International Grains Institute