Agriculture Ministers Meet Next Week

first_imgAgriculture Minister Ron Chisholm will speak up for Nova Scotia’s supply management sector for dairy, poultry and eggs when he meets next week with agriculture ministers in British Columbia. Nova Scotia’s supply managed sectors are concerned that proposals discussed at the World Trade Organization negotiations last December could open up the market to other countries and impact the province’s industry. “I am looking forward to an update and discussion around the World Trade Organization negotiations,” said Mr. Chisholm. “In Nova Scotia, our supply managed sectors are extremely important to our rural economy.” Provincial, territorial and federal agriculture ministers will meet in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. on Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20. Nova Scotia has a larger share of supply-managed agricultural production than almost anywhere else in Canada. The sectors which include farms producing dairy, poultry and eggs, provide about $200 million in farm receipts each year and represent almost half of the province’s farm production. Mr. Chisholm will also bring forward other priorities of concern for Nova Scotia. “This is a great opportunity to develop a good working relationship with my colleagues, but I will be there to represent the interests of Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We will be talking about a future agriculture policy and improving the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program.”last_img

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