Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Farmers Want More Federal Action on China Canola Impasse

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Farmers Want More Federal Action on China Canola Impasse

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Saskatchewan canola producers want action on China

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SASKATOON - The organization that represents rural communities in Saskatchewan says Ottawa must do more to sort out a trade dispute with China that is affecting some Canadian canola exports.

The canola impasse is top of mind for delegates attending the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention in Saskatoon.

Most delegates are farmers and their main cash crop is canola.

Canada exported about $3.6 billion worth of canola seed, oil and meal to China in 2017.

Ray Orb, the association's president, says China's decision to restrict sales from Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. has negatively affected prices and created market uncertainty.

He says they will be asking federal Trade Minister Jim Carr if he plans to meet with Chinese officials to resolve the problem. …

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