Alberta pork producers that continue to face devastating financial losses and a country-wide collapse of their industry are planning a producer industry crisis rally in Calgary on Friday, July 10 to push their plight to governments and the general public.
The event is also timed to bring the pork dilemma to the forefront of federal and provincial governments on what is at stake if the producer liquidity crisis is not addressed immediately.
“We have asked Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, George Groeneveld to bring the issue of financial support for the pork industry to this meeting,” says Paul Hodgman of Alberta Pork, the organisation representing pork producers in the province. “The Minister’s office has also been asked to provide a first-hand report at the Friday pork rally to let our producers and the public know the results of their deliberations.”
The reality is the current financial losses leave no time for pondering responses, says Hodgman. Pork producers have faced continuous losses for three years due to a high Canadian dollar and skyrocketing feed grain prices, factors out of producers’ control. There was hope of returning profits this spring but this hope was wiped out with the announcement of influenza A H1N1.
The rally will be held on the grounds of the McDougall Centre in downtown Calgary from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Alberta Pork is prepared to serve 3,000 pork on a bun sandwiches from noon until 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested in showing support is welcome to attend.
• Alberta Pork