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Pork producers looking for provincial help

by 5m Editor
30 November 2007, at 9:45am

CANADA - New Brunswick pork producers are looking to the province for financial assistance “to help get them through right now.“

Prince Edward Island farm leaders including (l-r), Ian McIsaac, executive director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture; Eddy Dykerman, PEI representative on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture; and PEIFA President John Colwill outlined their concerns about the future at a legislative standing committee in Charlottetown. (Photo: Heather Taweel)

Porc NB Pork Executive Director Gary Stordy says with high production costs, low sale prices and the sagging American dollar “we’re at the low end of the valley. We’re almost at the point of a two-for-one sale.”

He says the federal government has realized some pork producers are still waiting for old CAIS payments.

“The Canadian Pork Council and the provincial reps have highlighted it to federal government. They have accepted responsibility and are trying to fix it.”

The federal government is also expediting new CAIS applications. “They will do whatever they can to get the applications through. There has been tremendous support to correct it but the problem hasn’t been corrected yet.”

And CAIS payments won’t be available until next year.

“The New Brunswick pork industry is looking to the province for support until the federal initiative can kick in. It’s looking for assistance, like a loan that will be safe from a trade perspective,” Stordy explains.

Source: FarmFocus

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