Central Americans at Cigi to learn about the Canadian industry, field crops

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Participants in the Central America and Dominican Republic Grain Program sample snacks processed in Cigi’s extrusion plant.

Sixteen representatives from Central America and Dominican Republic are at Cigi this week learning about the quality of Canadian field crops and key players in the Canadian agricultural system. 

The group includes representation from importing companies and government officials from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. Two officials from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Guatemala and Panama are also attending.

The program features presentations from the Canadian Grain Commission, Pulse Canada, Health Canada, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency as well as Cigi. Meetings have also been held with Manitoba exporters of field crops, particularly pulses, arranged by the Province of Manitoba. The group has toured a primary elevator and, in addition to learning about Cigi’s pulse work, visited pulse processing and storage facilities in southern Manitoba.

“The group has shown a lot of interest in both the regulatory aspect of our industry and the quality assurance system,” says Rick Morgan, Cigi Manager of Business Development. “This is an opportunity for government regulators and customers from this region to establish a stronger relationship with Canada by learning more about our industry firsthand.”