Keystone Agricultural Producers, the voice of farmers in Manitoba, is calling for enhanced stakeholder consultation on new ecological goods and services funding announced by the provincial government this week, KAP president Bill Campbell said today.
“Almost two decades ago, our organization called for ecological goods and services programmingto be prioritized in Manitoba, and two provincial governments of different political stripes have reinforced the benefits of this,” said Campbell. “It is critical that the provincial government undertake thorough stakeholder consultation with farmers and producers as soon as possible.”
Earlier this week, the provincial government announced a $52-million endowment fund for the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Program, based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program. Even with KAP’s long track record with ALUS programming, Manitoba Sustainable Development did not consult with KAP on the new GROW program.
Given the upcoming provincial election, many projects that could be undertaken to benefit producers and the environment will be unnecessarily delayed until the 2020 crop year at the earliest.
“Supporting the work producers do to mitigate climate change needs to be supported by the provincial government as part of a green strategy,” Campbell added. “As with any new government program, we really need to see the details before we know whether or not this is something that will ultimately benefit producers.
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Joey Dearborn, communications coordinator
Keystone Agricultural Producers