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Mongolia approves Canadian livestock, meat

The government of Mongolia has approved a number of Canadian Food Inspection Agency export certificates to allow imports of a variety of Canadian livestock, meat and animal products.

In a release Tuesday after meeting in Ottawa with Mongolian Agriculture Minister Tunjin Badamjunai, federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz said products that can now be exported to Mongolia include live cattle, live swine, sheep, goat and bovine genetics, porcine semen, day-old chicks and hatching eggs and meat products including all beef and beef products.

“Today’s announcement is an important development in relations between our two countries, and opens doors to many new exports and opportunities in agricultural co-operation,” Ritz said.

Ottawa’s decision last year to open a new embassy in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbataar, is “already paying dividends,” International Trade Minister Stockwell Day, who met with Badamjunai Monday, said in the same release.

“We are the second largest foreign investor in Mongolia and our existing strong commercial relationship in the mining sector is broadening into real opportunities for Canada’s agricultural producers.”

On this mission, Badamjunai and his governmental and business delegation are to travel this week to Saskatchewan, a province with which Mongolia has a “close agricultural relationship,” the government said.

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