News Release - September 26, 2007
PREMIER RECEIVES ORGANIC REPORT
Saskatchewan's Legislative Secretary on Organics presented his final report to Premier Lorne Calvert today.
Regional Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Lon Borgerson made recommendations on how to develop the province's organic agriculture industry after extensive consultations with producers and producer associations, research institutions, certifying bodies, agribusiness and government agencies.
"Saskatchewan is already one of the largest, most dynamic players in Canada's organic industry," Calvert said. "We need to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity that exists for Saskatchewan families in organic agriculture. The report outlines an aggressive plan of action for both industry and government to reach a goal that would have 10 per cent of Saskatchewan farmers involved in organic production by 2015."
"Retail sales of organic food are increasing by over 20 per cent per year," Borgerson said. "With large retail chains entering the market, organics are more than just a niche opportunity. The time has come to capitalize on Saskatchewan's natural advantages - a large agricultural base, innovative people and a clean environment."
Borgerson's recommendations include:
A number of recommendations have already been adopted by government, based on Borgerson's consultations and the interim report provided to the premier earlier this year. The remainder - contained in the final report - will now go to departments for review.
The report is available online at http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/report_organic_opportunities_challenges_sept_2007.
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Report on Organics.pdf (1.1 MB)