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Agriculture minister hopes to expand trade with India, Vietnam

Island MP on trade mission to convince countries to buy products ‘we have and they need’

CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2017 8:00 PM ATLast Updated: Feb 23, 2017 8:00 PM AT

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says it's important for Canada to expand trade in the eastern Pacific region.Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is heading out on a two-week trade mission to Vietnam and India on Friday.

The Island MP says Canada does more than $1.25 billion a year worth of trade with India and about $260 million with Vietnam.

MacAulay and a delegation of industry officials plan to meet with their counterparts in India and Vietnam.

‘We have a lot of fish, agricultural products like beef, potatoes, blueberries. All this stuff is something that we have and they need.’– Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay

“We must continue to expand in the eastern Pacific area because that is where the demand is,” MacAulay said.

“We have a lot of fish, agricultural products like beef, potatoes, blueberries. All this stuff is something that we have and they need and it’s to convince them to buy it from us is what I’m trying to do.”

With files from Krystalle Ramlakhan