Farmers in Manitoba will have more safety resources and programs thanks to funding from both the provincial and federal governments. An investment of more than $1.1 million over five years was granted to the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), announced this week at the producer group’s annual general meeting.
The Manitoba Farm Safety Program is a continuation of a three-year Growing Forward 2 – Growing Actions project. This continuation will fulfil the development and delivery of safety training, tools, and resources in the agriculture sector.
“Farming continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada, with risk of injuries increasing with the use of heavy machinery, working with livestock, fatigue and extreme weather conditions,” Manitoba Agriculture Minister, Ralph Eichler says. “The Farm Safety Program will enable Manitoba farms to establish on-farm safety programs to keep their families, their workers and themselves safe while operating their businesses.”
Although the program is administered by KAP, the design and the development is being guided from the Farm Safety Council, which is comprised of numerous members from a number of stakeholders including: Manitoba Pork Council, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Egg Farmers, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Beef Producers, and Keystone Agricultural Producers.
“Our government acknowledges the importance of raising awareness regarding farm workplace hazards in order to prevent and reduce injuries,” says Lawrence MacAulay, federal agriculture minister.