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Alberta Delegation Successful in Kazakhstan

20 August 2013

CANADA – Alberta delegates have been successful in generating trade and interest in central Asia, currently valued at CAN$10 million.

A trade delegation of leading industry professionals travelled to Kazakhstan in May to showcase Albertan agriculture with a view to facilitate market opportunities in beef cattle and genetics.

The team of provincial veterinarians, livestock nutritionists and trade relations specialists was led by Rural Development Minister, Verlyn Olson.

As well as marketing Canadian expertise, the visit allowed delegates to discuss Kazakhstan’s recent import protocol recommendations and potential knock on effects.

“Accompanying Alberta industry representatives were very pleased with the results of the mission; every delegate had confirmed sales or solid leads,” said Grant Winton, team leader within Alberta Agriculture’s International Relations and Marketing Branch.

“Signed contracts from this mission are currently estimated at $10 million, in addition to those signed during last November’s mission.

“The Governments of Kazakhstan, Kostanai and Aqmola specifically commented on the caliber of Alberta Agriculture’s technical team, who participated thoroughly in all discussions and likely affected Kazakhstan’s future openness to importing live cattle from Canada.”

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