13th International Durum Program

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Representatives from seven countries are attending the 13th International Durum Wheat Program at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) in Winnipeg. The program, which runs during the week of August 15, includes lectures, laboratory sessions and pilot processing demonstrations on Canadian durum wheat.

The 10 international participants represent trading organizations, mills and processing companies from Argentina, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, and Tunisia. Four representatives from the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), which is sponsoring the program, are also attending.

In addition to the sessions at Cigi, the participants will travel to Swift Current, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia where they will visit primary and terminal elevators, a grain farm, an agricultural research centre and the Port of Vancouver.

“The program will provide international customers, mainly technical managers and administrators in durum milling and processing industries, with a greater understanding of Canadian Western Amber Durum wheat and its application in pasta products,” says Earl Geddes, Cigi Executive Director who is heading the program. “Topics include breeding, production, grading, handling, transportation, marketing, milling and end-use processing. Canadian industry representatives will also be on hand for discussion which will not only benefit the participants but also help our industry to learn more about customers’ requirements.” 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.