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Agriculture and Marketing Minister Guy Brown is enthusiastic
about the two day visit by Asian buyers and trade commissioners
to Nova Scotia. Mr. Brown met with the delegation at a Halifax
breakfast reception hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
this morning, to welcome them to the province and encourage them
to forge business links in Nova Scotia. The meetings are part of
the "Canada's Year of the Asia Pacific" agriculture trade
initiative announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister
Ralph Goodale on Monday.

"I am encouraged by the interest in trading partnerships between
our two regions," said Mr. Brown. "Nova Scotia is now exporting
over $70 million dollars in agri-food products around the world
and is ready to expand even further in this area. There is
tremendous potential for us to develop trade in the Pacific Rim
and as new opportunities become available, we want our industry
to be there to serve those markets."

Nova Scotia's agri-food industry currently contributes $1 billion
to the province's economy and is actively working to develop its
markets. The Asia Pacific region is Canada's largest trading
partner after the United States. The strength of the Asia Pacific
economies presents substantial export potential for Nova Scotia's
agri-food products.

The delegation includes three buyers from Japan, and three
Canadian trade commissioners who work in the Asia Pacific region.
Eighteen representatives of Atlantic agri-food and seafood
businesses will be meeting with the group during their visit. In
addition to these one-on-one meetings, presentations were also
given by the trade commissioners on opportunities for Atlantic
food processors in Asia.


Contact: Linda MacDonald  902-893-6380

trp                    Feb. 21, 1997 - 11:30 a.m.