Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart is in Denver this week for three days to discuss farm trade with U.S. and Mexican officials.
Stewart is attending the Tri-National Agricultural Accord to promote Saskatchewan’s agriculture exports.
“Our message will be we are all trading countries,”Stewart said. “All three countries have benefited greatly from NAFTA. We all have a lot to lose if NAFTA falls apart in these negotiations. And despite the rhetoric of the President of the United States — about walking away from this thing — none of these three countries can really afford to do that.”
Stewart says the U.S. is Saskatchewan’s top agri-food destination, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all agri-food exports, with sales valued at 3.5 billion dollars.
Exports to Mexico are valued at 623 million dollars, making it the province’s fifth largest market.