Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate Alanna Koch has been busy on the road talking with party supporters.

During her campaign stop in Swift Current yesterday, she met with about 100 party supporters and members - including some farmers and ranchers.

She says Saskatchewan is the most trade-dependent province in the country with a diverse portfolio of natural resources to manufacturing, adding access to world markets is key for agriculture.

"That’s fundamental considering that we are a giant in exports", Koch said. "I think moving up the value chain, seeing that really exciting change on the value added. I do look at canola and how we’ve seen a transformation of our agricultural economy there, what else can we do on the value-added side, focus on ingredients you know those proteins, starches and oils doing what we can in government to encourage that."

Koch says continued investment in research and innovation is important.

She says we need to make sure agriculture has access to all the tools and technology that we need to have the right kind of regulatory climate which needs to be focused on science.

Koch also talked about the Federal government's carbon tax, which she said she’s opposed to the Carbon Tax noting the carbon tax does nothing to drive down carbon emissions.

"Agriculture has been a solution," she said. "If you think about innovation, what we've done as far as equipment innovation, how we are taking a better more responsible approach to environmental impact form agriculture. You look at our energy centre some of the changes there has been phenomenal in innovation and technology."

She notes Saskatchewan exports uranium to Ontario which allows them to produce clean energy which they get to take advantage of while we are charged for export, transportation and production of uranium.

She says that calculation needs to be reconsidered by the Federal Government.

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