The Triffid flax export issue with Europe was a major story of 2010. All stakeholders in the flax value chain were impacted with great severity. Farmers couldn’t move inventory, prices plummeted, and exporters had cargo in limbo. The finger pointing was intense as everyone searched for the reasons that the previously approved trait had worked its way into seed system. The Crop Development Center, seed farms and some farmers were all blamed for possible negligence.
It is now virtually one year later and many are people are looking ahead for the crop of flax. Prices have recovered and Canada continues to push for a low level presence policy. At Cropweek 2011 I talked to Dave Sefton, Director with SaskFlax and farmer in Broadview, Saskatchewan. Dave discusses with me the action plan going forward, how the flax industry will learn from this very hard lesson and why a global low level presence policy is critical for global trade.
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