Malt barley is important for Saskatchewan producers and for the national economy.
According to Statistics Canada, 8.4 million tonnes of barley were produced in Canada in 2018. Of that, approximately 2 million tonnes were exported as malt, a quantity valued at CDN $583,909.
Domestically, Canadian brewers use about 300,000 tonnes of malt per year to make over 19 million hectolitres of beer, which generates an annual $5.7 billion in tax revenues.
SaskBarley recognizes the importance of malt barley production to the profitably of Saskatchewan producers, and will work strategically with the value chain to ensure that quality malt varieties are available for producers.