MOU between Cigi and ASAG an opportunity to increase use of Canadian grain in China

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Du Zheng, President of ASAG, and JoAnne Buth, CEO, Cigi, sign the MOU in Beijing.

WINNIPEG – A Memorandum of Understanding signed by Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) and the Academy of State Administration of Grain (ASAG) in China establishes a working relationship between the organizations focused on development and advancement of applied research activities that will serve the grain industry in both countries. ASAG is a non-profit centre of excellence focused on post-harvest research, grain science and technology in China while Cigi works with the value chain both domestically and internationally to increase opportunities for the use of Canadian grains and field crops.

The MOU was signed in Beijing, China on Thursday, June 18 by Du Zheng, President of ASAG, and JoAnne Buth, CEO of Cigi. Andrea Lyon, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), also attended the signing, acting on behalf of the Hon. Gerry Ritz while on an AAFC ministerial mission promoting Canadian agricultural products to the Chinese marketplace. Cigi is also participating in part of the mission and meeting with other industry organizations.

The memorandum formalizes a working partnership between Cigi and ASAG over the next two years to examine research opportunities for the use of Chinese and Canadian wheat involving opportunities for blending, new methods for grain quality evaluation, and grain processing and storage technologies. The agreement will see staff from ASAG and Cigi engaging in technical exchanges both in Canada and China.

“Cigi is pleased to collaborate with ASAG to investigate opportunities for uses of Canadian and Chinese wheat,” says Buth. “This partnership has the potential to benefit all stakeholders in the value chain, from farmers through to end users, as the development of new applications will demonstrate the quality of Canadian grain to meet the needs of customers.”

She says that last January, while in China on an investigative mission, Cigi staff had an opportunity through ASAG to visit mills and noodle plants which have never used Canadian grain. Upcoming work with ASAG will allow for additional experience.

In addition, earlier in the week Cigi signed a two-year MOU with Henan University of Technology (HAUT) in Zhengzhou which is the prime university for grain research in China. That collaboration will allow the university to bring Chinese food processors to Cigi on technical exchanges so they may learn firsthand about the quality of Canadian grain and how it applies to their products. The relationship will also enable HAUT to further develop expertise to technically assist end users of Canadian grain in China.

“Both of these memorandums will give us a greater opportunity to reach potential customers to showcase Canadian grain quality and uses in food products in the Chinese market,” says Buth.

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. More than 40,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to increase utilization of Canadian grain and field crops through superior knowledge, technical expertise, industry leadership and collaboration, innovative processing solutions and targeted training to customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.

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For more information contact:

JoAnne Buth
Chief Executive Officer
Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute)
Ph: (204) 229-7598
jbuth@cigi.ca

Ellen Goodman
Communications Specialist
Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute)
Ph: (204) 983-1145
egoodman@cigi.ca