Ontario Pork: decision made for future
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has
rendered its decision following a hearing into the appropriate role of Ontario
The decision is as follows:
â€¢ Ontario Pork will represent, and collect
license fees from, producers of all classes of pigs, including weaners and
â€¢ Ontario Pork will no longer be the sole authority for
marketing pigs in the province, but will market pigs for producers on a
â€¢ Ontario Pork will continue its
role in addressing pork industry issues.
The board is to come back to the commission with a
new structure and governance model by December 1, 2008.
In January, 2008
a group of pork producers and pork industry stakeholders requested a hearing
under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act. The four-day
hearing held in Guelph in July, 2008 was well-attended, with six parties
presenting evidence and 18 intervenors providing written and oral
"We believe we have made a balanced decision that provides
flexible marketing options for Ontario pork producers," said acting Commission
Chair Elmer Buchanan. "At the same time, we have brought fairness to all
producers who benefit from the hard work the board does on their behalf, and we
encourage the board to focus its efforts on the future stability and
competitiveness of the sector."
More information and the decision
document are available at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/farmproducts/index.html
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