Canadian Pork Council appeals to Prime Minister
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister on
Wednesday, the CPC has appealed for an immediate response to the current hog
President of the Council, Clare Schlegel, wrote that "the 11,000 hog
producers in Canada are facing their worst financial crisis in 30 years and need
immediate help from the federal government."
The Council (CPC) has been working with the Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
and officials at the department and Agri-Food Canada over the last four months
to try to find ways to offset the impact of the high Canadian dollar against the
US dollar, soaring feed costs and low hog prices.
Canada's hog industry is simply looking for a short-term loan programme and
improvements to the CAIS (AgriStability) programme. So far these requests
have not been addressed by the government and liquidity problems are worsening
on a daily basis.
Schlegel further states that "the industry appreciates efforts by the
government to speed up payments within existing programmes but this is not
enough. This valued-added meat industry is at risk. Farm families in
ridings across Canada are affected."
For the CPC and its members, rural Canada is facing a disaster. They are
appealing to the Conservative Party of Canada to honour its election promises in
2006 to "pitch in when disaster strikes."
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