Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) commends Ministers of Agriculture from across Canada on reaching an agreement in principle for the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership today.
“The new funds of $500 million, representing a 25% increase in cost-shared funding, is good news for all producers,” said KAP President, Bill Campbell. “These new funds will directly support the efforts and initiatives to grow our sector. We are very pleased to see the acknowledgment of challenges and a focus on science-based decision making as it relates to commodity specific issues, such as hog, bees, and cattle.”
The increase in the AgriStability compensation rate from 70% to 80% is positive, and a priority that KAP has been strongly advocating for. Additionally, KAP has been working along with provincial and federal partners to seek more timely, equitable and accessible BRM programs to meet the adoption challenges while removing barriers for producers.
“KAP will continue to work with government to meet climate targets, and these remain a shared priority across our sector. We remain concerned with the increase in GHG reduction targets to 3-5 MT of emissions,” stated Campbell. “This will need clear and transparent data sources and measures, but we have yet to see which data and life cycle analysis will be used to determine these targets.”
The agricultural value chain has faced many challenges regarding trade, supply chains, logistics, labour, and market access. KAP is pleased these are being recognized as significant challenges that will require collaborative solutions.
“Labour continues to be a major priority throughout the agricultural value chain. KAP will continue to work with the federal government on supporting the efforts National Agricultural Labour Strategy and regulatory priorities,” concluded Campbell.
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