Canadian pork production is increasingly in demand around the world, which is why the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) is committing to policies that will support a value chain that supports growth, in the upcoming federal election.
Rick Bergmann, CPC chair says that Canadian pork producers work hard every day to provide high quality, nutritious, affordable, and sustainable protein to families in Canada and around the world.
“The [pork producers] need parties to partner with them to deliver economic growth and prosperity,” Bergmann says.
Canadian pork producers are calling on candidates to support policies that partner with producers, protect the herd, and promote the environment. Parties are needed to partner with producers to maximize the potential of the sector by committing to:
- Fix Business Risk Management programs so they work for producers in need;
- Facilitate access to skilled workers;
- Defend, improve, and expand market access; and,
- Resolve trade barriers in China, the world’s largest pork importer.
Also, the CPC is putting a priority on the health of Canadian pigs. They are asking that parties should commit to protect the herd by committing $50 million to implement the Pan-Canadian African Swine Fever action plan, and to establish a Canadian Food-and-Mouth disease vaccine bank.
As far as their environmental asks go, CPC is asking parties to work with producers to promote the environment by making concrete emissions reductions by partnering with producers to further improve the environmental sustainability of pork. Exempting farm fuels, such as propane and natural gas, from the carbon pricing system, which impacts competitiveness without reducing emissions is also a request.
RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney recently talked with Bergmann about CPC’s priorities for the upcoming election:
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