farm exports are key to economy
by J.W. MADILL/General Manager Alberta Wheat Pool
As Canada's grain industry enters
its fourth quarter century of i operation, it has three primary objectives:
• To increase its total grain exports to 30 million metric tons annually by 1985.
• To ensure its position in the world grain marketplace by selling only a quality product.
• To balance the use of grain so that its domestic users flourish at the same time as its all-essential export market is being supplied.
Such objectives probably would be viewed as being impossibly ambi-
tious by any of the other major grain producing nations, which include the U.S.S.R., China, and India, as well as the U.S. But for Canada, grain is basic; Canada is more dependent on the export of grain than is any other nation-it's the fifth largest grain pro-ducer, but the second largest exporter. Gaining a firmer hold on its export position, behind that of the U.S., is seen by Canada not only as possible but also essential to its eco-nomic well being-especially in the west and in Ontario, where the nation's grain production is centered.
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