Agricultural manufacturers applaud governments investments in trade corridors, rural communities
November 3, 2016: Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC) welcomes the annoucement made by the federal government that it will invest in expanding the access of Canadian goods to global markets.“We applaud the government's $10.1 billion investment in trade and transportation projects, announced in the economic and fiscal update on Nov. 1,” says AMC president Leah Olson. “In 2015, agricultural equipment manufacturers exported $1.8-billion worth of products to 154 countries. This much-needed investment in building more efficient transportation corridors to international markets will help Canada's agricultural manufacturing sector—already one of the best in the world—become even stronger.”
AMC also supports the government's $2 billion investment in rural and northern communities as well as its focus on green infrastructure. Just over 50 per cent of AMC's manufacturing members are located in rural communities with less than 10,000 people. Some agricultural equipment manufacturers are located on the family farm or in communities where the number of people the manufacturer employs is larger than the community it is in.
“Our industry is unique, not only that it's developed in Canada, but because it has impacts globally. Our products are helping to feed the world. Our environmental footprint is better today than 30 years ago because of the equipment being used to reduce fertilizer redundancy and improve soil conservation,” says Olson. “Innovation is not just a way of being or something that happens in an isolated facility, it is in how we manufacture and manage our day-to-day operations. It is what drives us to develop some of the best agriculture equipment in the world.”
AMC looks forward to working with the government on its funding priorities as it works out details for Budget 2017.
The Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC) is a national, member-driven organization dedicated to sustaining a strong, viable and highly respected Canadian agricultural manufacturing industry. With nearly 300 members, our mission is to: “foster and promote the growth and development of the agricultural equipment manufacturing industry in Canada.”
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