The latest group of Saudi millers and technicians to participate in a six-month milling program at Cigi arrived in Winnipeg earlier this week to begin their training. The 11-member group (a 12th will be joining the group shortly) are the third contingent from the Grain Silos and Flour Milling Organization to take the Cigi training in the past three years. GSFMO, which is paying for the training, is a major government agency responsible for Saudi Arabia’s wheat procurement and milling industry. The organization operates grain silos and flour/feed mills throughout the country.
“I think the fact that GSFMO has selected Cigi to provide this training for the past three years reflects positively on the quality of our educational programming,” says Rick Morgan, Manager of Business Development at Cigi. “GSFMO is an important client for us and we are looking forward to working with this new group of participants over the next several months.”
Half of the group spent the first six months of the year in Calgary, Alberta and the other half were in Victoria, British Columbia taking English training in preparation for the Cigi program. The course content at Cigi from now through December will be similar to the previous programs with participants learning about all major aspects of milling and end-use applications from Cigi’s technology staff as well as studying subjects directly related to their areas of work.
The program also provides an opportunity to promote the qualities of Canadian wheat as the participants work with it first hand and gain a better understanding of its processing characteristics. Saudi Arabia is a large importer of wheat. Between 2008-09 and 2011-12 Canada exported nearly 2.6 million tonnes of wheat to Saudi Arabia. In an article that appeared in the October 2012 Crops Guide, Abdullah Ali Almoaina, a participant in the 2012 GSFMO training program at Cigi said, “Before I came here I thought Canadian wheat was the best, and now I know why.”