Farming in Saskatchewan: 20 Facts & Statistics

Farming in Saskatchewan: 20 Facts & Statistics

Saskatchewan is home to 34,500 farms, and is known as the breafdbasket of Canada

Saskatchewan is well known as an agricultural powerhouse. Home to more than 40 per cent of Canada's cultivated farmland, it is recognized as one of the most productive farming regions in the country and the world!

Farming in Saskatchewan produces a wide range of meat, dairy, grain, vegetable and fruit products, which help feed millions of people here at home and across the globe. And with all that farmland comes huge economic benefits. In 2023, for example, Saskatchewan's total agri-food product exports were valued at $18.5 billion, representing 20 per cent of Canada’s total. The "breadbasket" province is also a leader in agricultural sustainability, something that all Canadians can be proud of as we continue to feed our families here at home and also those around the world.

With tens of thousands of people employed by the agricultural sector and many more supported indirectly by its activities, it is easy to see why farming is so important to local families and the province at large. Saskatchewan takes tremendous pride in the industry as seen through the wheat symbolism used in its coat of arms and golden colour of the flag, representing the vital importance of its farmers.

To give you an idea of just how important agriculture is to the province and also for Canada in general, here are 20 plus facts on farming in Saskatchewan for you to check out. Also see:

Saskatchewan is home to 40 percent of Canada's cultivated farmland

20 Facts on Farming in Saskatchewan

#1 - Saskatchewan’s agriculture exports were the largest ever on record in 2023, at $20.2 billion [1]

#2 - Saskatchewan exported $7.28 billion of agri-food products to the Indo-Pacific Region in 2023; China accounted for the lion’s share, accounting for $4.3 billion of that total followed by Japan, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh [2]

#3 - China is Saskatchewan’s second-largest agri-food export market globally [2]

#4 - Ten countries were recipients of more than $375 million in agri-food exports form Saskatchewan in 2023, including [1]:

• United States: $6.7 billion
• China: $4.3 billion
• Japan: $987 million
• Mexico: $920 million
• Algeria: $765 million
• India: $708 million
• Morocco: $493 million
• Italy: $455 million
• Indonesia: $425 million
• Turkey: $407 million

#5 - Saskatchewan's top 10 agri-food export destinations and their value in 2023 [1]:

• United States: $6.7 billion
• China: $4.3 billion
• Japan: $987 million
• Mexico: $920 million
• Algeria: $765 million
• India: $708 million
• Morocco: $493 million
• Italy: $455 million
• Indonesia: $425 million
• Turkey: $407 million

#6 - Saskatchewan was the leading global exporter of the following commodities in 2023 (by value): dry peas, lentils, durum, canola oil, canary seed, mustard, and oats [1]

#7 - In 2023, Saskatchewan exported approximately (by value) [1]:

• 56% of the world's canary seed exports
• 34% of the world's lentil exports
• 30% of the world's durum exports
• 26% of the world's dry pea exports
• 24% of the world's mustard seed exports
• 22% of the world's oat exports
• 20% of the world's canola meal exports
• 17% of the world's canola oil exports
• 16% of the world's canola seed exports
• 10% of the world's flaxseed exports
• 10% of the world's chickpea exports
• 6% of the world's rye exports
• 5% of the world's non-durum wheat exports
• 4% of the world's barley exports

#8 - In 2023, Saskatchewan produced [1]:

• 91% of Canada's lentils
• 87% of Canada's chickpeas
• 82% of Canada's flaxseed
• 80% of Canada's durum
• 76% of Canada's mustard
• 53% of Canada's canola
• 49% of Canada's dry peas
• 44% of Canada's non-durum wheat
• 39% of Canada's oats

#9 - In 2023, Saskatchewan accounted for (by value) [1]:

• 91% of Canada's chickpea exports
• 88% of Canada's lentil exports
• 84% of Canada's flaxseed exports
• 81% of Canada's durum exports
• 70% of Canada's canary seed exports
• 67% of Canada's dry pea exports
• 59% of Canada's mustard exports
• 53% of Canada's canola seed exports
• 52% of Canada's barley exports
• 51% of Canada's oat exports
• 50% of Canada's canola oil exports
• 41% of Canada's canola meal exports
• 40% of Canada's non-durum wheat exports
• 29% of Canada's rye exports

#10 - Saskatchewan has already surpassed its Growth Plan 2030 target of $20 billion in agri-food exports, with shipments totalling $20.2 billion 2023 [2]

#11 - Saskatchewan has five International Trade Offices in the Indo-Pacific Region that support the province’s efforts to promote its agri-food exports in China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and India [2]

#12 - Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports totalled $18.5 billion in 2022, another record-setting year and representing 20% of Canada’s total agri-food exports [3]

#13 - Saskatchewan was Canada’s second-largest agri-food exporter in 2022, behind Ontario at $23.8 billion [3]

#14 - The United States, China, Japan, Mexico, and Algeria were the largest importers of agri-food products from Saskatchewan in 2022 [3]

#15 – Saskatchewan’s 78 hog producers sell more than two million hogs annually [1]

#16 – Saskatchewan is home to the second-largest beef cattle herd in Canada, exporting $208 million worth of live cattle in 2023 [1]

#17 – Saskatchewan exported $6.9 billion in cereal grains in 2023, accounting for nearly 53% of the province’s total agri-food exports by volume that year [1]

#18 – Saskatchewan exported $3.3 billion in oilseeds (mostly flaxseed and canola seed) to 65 different countries in 2023 [1]

#19 – Saskatchewan exported $3.2 billion worth of pulses to buyers abroad in 2023 [1]

#20 – Overall, Saskatchewan’s agricultural exports have grown by 74% since 2013, accounting for 40% of total provincial exports in 2023 [1]

Saskatchewan accounts for nearly a quarter of Canada's agri-food exports

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SOURCES:

1 - https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/agriculture-natural-resources-and-industry/agribusiness-farmers-and-ranchers/saskatchewan-import-and-export-information/resources-for-importers/agriculture-sector-overview

2 - https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2024/may/15/saskatchewan-agri-food-exports-to-indo-pacific-region-surpasses-$7-billion#:~:text=Saskatchewan%20has%20already%20surpassed%20its,cent%20over%20the%20previous%20year.

3 - file:///D:/WORK%20GRAPHICS%20VIDEOS/CANADA%20ACTION/June%201%20June%2015,%202024/BLOG%20-%20Saskatchewan%20Farming%20Facts%20Redone%202024/SaskAgExports2022.pdf