Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System Regulations.
Agriculture and agri-food processing is a significant driver of Manitoba’s economy. In 2020, primary production and food manufacturing accounted for 6.9 per cent of Manitoba’s GDP and provided 40,830 jobs in Manitoba. Besides producing food, farmers are also caretakers of the natural landscape and implement sustainable farming practices to ensure a viable agricultural industry for future generations. Farmers adapt and utilize modern techniques and systems aimed at reducing their carbon footprint, and they are invested in increasing the health of the soil and the health of the land and water critical to their crops and livestock.
Agriculture is a trade-exposed sector, and farmers expect that as the Government of Canada continues to develop policies and regulations under Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan, it will also work to mitigate the additional costs farmers face due to carbon pollution pricing. Farmers must be able to participate in the GHG Offset System by generating offset credits. Farmers have an important role in climate change mitigation, sequestering vast amounts of carbon, and need to be recognized for their work. An offset system will provide an incentive for farmers to adopt new practices and farming techniques in order to qualify for credits.
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