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Gov didn’t consult with farmers on fertilizer emission target: Auditor General

In a scathing review, the Auditor General has condemned the federal government for its handling of emission reduction efforts within the agriculture sector, citing mismanagement and a lack of transparency.

The report, titled “Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation,” focused on programs overseen by Agri-Food Canada, with particular scrutiny on the government’s voluntary 2030 target for farmers to decrease fertilizer emissions by 30%.

According to the Auditor General, one of the primary issues highlighted was the absence of consultation with stakeholders, including farmers and industry associations, before establishing the fertilizer emission reduction target. 

This oversight led to confusion among sector stakeholders, with some interpreting the target as a mandate to reduce fertilizer usage by 30%, rather than a reduction in emissions through improved application techniques.

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