Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is Manitoba’s general farm policy organization, representing and promoting the interests of agricultural producers in the province. KAP’s membership consists of approximately 4,500 farm families and 21 commodity associations.
KAP is grateful for this opportunity to provide input into possible amendments and new legislation on rural crime and biosecurity. Statistics Canada reports that in the prairie provinces in 2017, crime rates in rural areas were 36% to 42% higher than in urban areas.
Increased rural criminal activity parallels an increased interest from KAP members to work with government and stakeholders towards a rural crime solution. Since 2018, 5% of resolutions passed by members through KAP’s grassroots democracy relate to rural trespassing and biosecurity. KAP policy, developed through input from all members, is clear in acknowledging that rural crime and trespassing is an issue for farm families and the solution requires legislative action.
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