By Doug Draper
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has called on the federal government to support a program for supporting farmers in Niagara and other regions of the province.
McGuinty made the call for federal support for the province’s ‘Risk Management Program’ for farmers while touring an antibiotic-free hog farm in Stratford, Ontario this Tuesday, July 26.
“Our risk management program gives farmers stability, which builds a strong Ontario economy and jobs for a generation of farmers and workers. The federal government must do its party and support hard-working Ontario farmers and their families,” McGuinty is quoted saying in a media release.
The new program, being supported with funds from provincial government, “gives farmers the stability and predictability that will help protect their farms and ensure Ontario families continue to enjoy healthy local foods. It works like insurance helping the cattle, hog, sheep and veal sectors, and grain and oil seed farmers. There is also a self-directed risk management program for fruit and vegetable farmers,” says the media release.
McGuinty’s Liberal government is describing the program as “a first of a kind in Ontario and the most significant agricultural program in 25 years.”
There are more than 7,000 farms in Niagara, Ontario alone, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the local economy, according to a report published last year by the Brock University-based Niagara Community Observatory.
The Ontario government notes that there are close to 60,000 farms in the province, employing about 700,000 people and contributing about $33 billion annually to the economy.
You can find out more about this Ontario farm support program by visiting http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/rmp.htm .
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