Canadian pork industry groups wants help
The Canadian pork industry is asking the federal
government for help to tackle competitiveness issues.
The Canadian Pork Council, Canada Pork International and the Canadian Meat
Council have sent a letter to federal officials to jointly emphasise the
situation the export-dependent sector is facing, including a rise in production
input costs, including feed and the impact of a strong Canadian
"We need government collaboration
now," said CPC president Clare Schlegel.
"Our industry is not looking
for a hand-out, but we do need to work with government to find real solutions,
both now and in the future, to drastically improve our ability to compete
globally with other pork-exporting countries."
achieve that, the associations presented the government a report entitled,
'Canadian pork value chain: strengthening our competitiveness', outlining the
sector's short- and long-term challenges and suggested steps for future success
There are five main areas that the industry wants Ottawa
to take a look at: costs, labour, innovation, risk management and
Not to be outdone by their US
counterparts, Canadian pork producers are also urging Ottawa to negotiate a
bilateral trade agreement with South Korea.
Martin Rice, executive
director of the CPC, said, "The United States has replaced us as the number one
[pork] exporter to Korea. We would look at the situation becoming even more
favorable to the United States if it has its agreement put into place and Canada
doesn't have one."
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â€¢ Canadian Pork Council (CPC)
â€¢ Canada Pork International
â€¢ Canadian Meat Council
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