Representatives from 11 countries will learn about Canadian grains through classroom sessions, technical demonstrations, and industry tours when they attend the Canadian International Grains Institute’s (Cigi) 44th International Grain Industry Program, July 4-16.
The 22 international participants represent trading organizations, mills and processing companies from Chile, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and the U.S. In addition, four representatives are attending from the Canadian Wheat Board, which is sponsoring the program, and one each from the Canadian Grain Commission and Cigi.
“The program covers a number of topics including inspection and grading, handling, transportation, marketing, and end-use applications which aim to improve international customers’ understanding of the Canadian grain industry,” says Rick Morgan, Cigi Manager of Business Development and director of the program. Presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations in Cigi’s pilot facilities will give them an opportunity to learn more about the quality of Canada’s field crops through sessions on milling, baking, Asian products, pasta, special crops and analytical services. They will also have a chance to meet face-to-face with Canadian industry representatives.
While in Manitoba the group will tour a grain farm, primary elevator, the Canadian Grain Commission, and Canadian Wheat Board. During the last few days of the program they will travel across Western Canada and tour a terminal elevator and Port Vancouver.
Since 1972 more than 34,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi is a non-profit market development organization with a vision to be the recognized leader specializing in offering continuous advances in Canadian field crop products to the world. Core funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Wheat Board. Additional funds and support are provided by other sectors of the agriculture industry.