Ottawa – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture congratulates Minister Bibeau on her re-appointment as Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food. CFA, which represents 200,000 farm families across Canada, looks forward to working once again with Minister Bibeau on helping Canadian agriculture meet its vast potential, which has been outlined in the Barton report from the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table.
“We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with Minister Bibeau. We have worked closely with the Minister throughout her tenure and the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now looking forward to collaborating to ensure that Canadian agriculture can serve as a powerful economic engine for Canada’s recovery and an impactful ally in the fight against climate change,” said Mary Robinson, CFA President
“During the recent election, CFA has made the priorities of Canadian farmers very clear: leverage agriculture’s environmental benefits, provide increased funding for the Next Policy Framework and invest in critical infrastructure requirements, among others,”
“Another key priority that must be quickly addressed is the devastating drought situation in the Prairie provinces. CFA’s Hay West initiative is seeking funding, in line with competing nations’ emergency funding, to cover the freight costs of shipping hay to farmers who are in dire need today,”
The CFA hopes that the new government works collectively with our sector to ensure Canadian agriculture fulfills its potential in contributing to Canada’s overall economy, meeting Canada’s food security needs and helping Canada fight climate change. Pre-pandemic, Agri-Food employed 1 in 8 Canadians and contributed $140 billion to Canada’s GDP, and farmers are eager to help drive Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
The CFA will seek a meeting with Minister Bibeau to discuss Canadian farmers’ priorities at her earliest convenience.Source : CFA