Canada’s 7,000 pork producers are urging the Federal Provincial and Territory Ministers of Agriculture to meet and choose to support pork producers that need assistance by signing onto the proposal to raise AgriStability’s payment rate from 70 to 80%.
Today’s announcement by Minister Bibeau and Minister Carr reiterated the need for a national consensus on AgriStability and the need for provinces to decide on the proposed solutions to fix the program.
“We understand that the priority of all governments is on COVID-19 vaccination and economic recovery, but we need a consensus on AgriStability as soon as possible to mitigate the economic risks that producers are facing on a daily basis” said Rick Bergmann, Chair of the Canadian Pork Council. “It’s not the time for backyard politics, hog producers across Canada are impacted by inadequate programs.”
“When something is broken in our businesses, homes or farms, we fix it. Its time we fix AgriStability” stated Bergmann.
“We are urging the provinces to agree to a Federal-Provincial-Territorial meeting and come prepared to support the proposed solutions put forward by Minister Bibeau to fix AgriStability, it would be a step in the right direction and send a clear message to all producers that they have our backs.” Bergmann added.
Pork producers operate on razor-thin margins and market uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has significantly impacted farm income. Pork producers are extremely exposed to volatility and risk and have limited tools to protect against them. During the last 12 months, pork producers have had to deal with extreme price fluctuations including some of the most profound price declines in history, border closures, and processing plant shutdowns.
While some provinces have made unilateral changes to improve AgriStability, it is important that there is agreement to fix AgriStability across the country so that farmers are treated equally.
In addition, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on many producers in our sector, a sector that contributes more than $24 billion to Canada’s GDP and exports more than $5 billion to 90 markets around the world.
The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.
Source : swineweb.com (17/03/2021)
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