The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) is pleased to see research and innovation, along with markets and trade highlighted in the new agriculture policy framework statement released following the agriculture minister meeting. In Fact, CPC's priorities align closely with the six priority areas identified in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership statement.
The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture announced key elements of a new FPT agricultural policy framework at their annual meeting held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment, will come into effect on April 1, 2018.
"CPC would like to thank the Ministers of Agriculture for their ongoing support in key areas that will strengthen the hog sector. We look forward to seeing ministers continue to be engaged by playing a role in ensuring that implementation is smooth" said CPC's Chair Rick Bergmann. According to Bergmann, potential delays in implementing the programs in April 2018 would be to the detriment of industry partners benefiting from a growing demand from Canadian consumers and other countries.
"We look forward to participating with industry partners and government in a review to explore options to improve Business Risk Management (BRM) programming," stated Bergmann. "Producers support core BRM suite of programs that can help manage market risk since it is a fundamental cornerstone in any business venture with volatility in revenue and costs-exactly like Canada's hog sector."
The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, the organization's purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.