Championing Alberta Agriculture and Agri-Food: Increasing Value-Added Processing and Production.

Agriculture is foundational to Alberta’s economy. Alberta exported over $12.4 billion worth of agriculture and food products in 2020 and the Business Council of Alberta says the economic value of agri-food production and production is $10 billion. Global demand for food  is predicted to increase by 50 per cent in the next 25 years. With the right conditions and changes, Alberta’s agri-food sector could grow and meet this demand.

 

Many in the agri-food sector have identified that there should be more value-added processing and production done in Alberta to get more value from our commodities. There are currently significant barriers to increasing value-added agriculture in Alberta, including, regulatory capacity, confusion about government services, a lack of access to capital for both industry to build facilities and for their municipal partners to build infrastructure to serve them, a lack of robust rural broadband internet, and political leadership not doing enough to champion the sector. 

 

Alberta’s NDP is committed to championing agriculture and working with the agri-food sector to address barriers to growth. We have written eight policy proposals to increase value-add processing and production in Alberta.

 

Our Proposals

 

 

  • Agriculture Navigation Services
  • Increase Staff dedicated to Agri-Food Sector and Value-Added Approvals
  • Create Alberta Value-Add Incentive Program
  • Local Food Incentive
  • Lower capital borrowing costs for irrigation districts and municipalities
  • Bridge the Digital Divide
  • Agriculture and AgTech must be core part of technology strategy 
  • Support and Strengthen Post-Secondary Institutions

 

 

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Heather Jean Carpenter

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First thing first Rachel.. need more staff? the government is already too top heavy with civil servants so far detached from the reality of what the Farmers face. Nepotism should be gone. Hire folks with experience and merit . The government has bred a mentality that Civil servants jobs are the most important over all of their constituents. I know that the philosophies that your platform stands on are all wonderful however they are not realistic to the world we live in here. I also understand that if you get back in, you are spending the next two years redoing what the previous party has left for you to clean up.. So let's get real and honest and open with us voters and tell us the truth. Not this bashing of other Political parties here in Alberta. Also how are you going to defend us against the Liberals and their delusions of carbon costs for all of us here? Every Albertan is and will be needing fuel to sustain us here in Canada, we do not live Las Vegas which has 300 days a year of warm weather..

Cathy Hogg

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My husband concern as a dry land rancher is that he will still need to buy hay from the irrigators and what guarantee do we have that the price of hay will come down to reflect the lower capitol borrowing. They are fortunate to have irrigation while we depend on Mother Nature . Will there be consideration for a reduction in capitol borrowing for us as well?

Shah Md Rajiur Rahman

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Would like to know more specifically the application of new technologies (AI, machine learning, IoT etc)