Historic financial assistance: the federal government will pay $1.7 billion to farmers

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Historic financial aid: the federal government will pay $1.7 billion to farmers

Dairy producers are among the farmers who will receive the financial aid announced on Monday.

After four years of waiting, dairy, poultry and egg producers and processors will finally be compensated for the financial losses incurred under supply management. On Monday morning, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that the federal government will provide $1.7 billion to sectors impacted by the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

The sum will be shared between the various sectors in the form of direct payments and investment programs.

  • Dairy Farmers of Canada: up to $1.2 billion
  • Poultry and egg producers: up to $112 million
  • Dairy, poultry and egg processing: up to $105 million

For example, for the next six years, the owner of a farm with 80 dairy cows could receive compensation in the form of a direct payment in the order of $106,000, in six declining annual installments, can we read in a press release. .

Starting next year, the federal government is committing up to $300 million in a new program to support innovation and investing in large-scale projects aimed at recovering surplus solids non-fat, a by-product of dairy processing.

As for poultry and egg producers, they will receive an amount proportional to their quota to finance improvements to their operations representing an additional sum of $112 million.

Minister Bibeau was accompanied for the occasion by representatives from each of the sectors affected, including the President of Dairy Farmers of Canada, Pierre Lampron, the President of Chicken Farmers of Canada, Tim Klompmaker, and the President and Chief from the director of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada, Mathieu Frigon.

L Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's announcement took place at a dairy producer in Ascot Corner, La Ferme des Sommets.

The announcement takes place at an Ascot Corner dairy farmer, La Ferme des Sommets. Its co-owner, Annie St-Laurent, reports that development projects have been stalled since the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement came into effect and the associated market share losses.

It is certain that we were very worried, she underlines. We cannot grow. There, we have three cabins for our robots, but there are only two in operation, because we are not able to acquire more quotas, so we stay with our two robots. That's how it looks, the market cuts, you're going to see less investment in agricultural businesses, it's slowed down.

The announcement was so welcomed with relief by the representatives of the producer associations present at the press briefing.

“The government is behind us for dairy production at long term. »

— Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada

They met the promises they made, and now it is expected that there will be no more new concessions in our sector, underlines the president of the Federation of egg producers of Quebec, Paulin Bouchard.

Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has once again pledged not to make any new compromises in the supply management system.

“We made firm commitments that we would make up for what was granted, and we kept our word. I want to tell you "trust us again", we kept our word, we will continue to keep our word. »

— Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

However, several associations would like more than a moral commitment. Their representatives want this promise to be enshrined in law to solidify it in the event of a change of government.

There are always some worries, because you never know the future. The government in place is the Liberals. In the near or more distant future, what government will be there, what will be the philosophy of the government in place?, remarks the president of the Producers of milk of Estrie, Marcel Blais.

A bill will soon be discussed in Parliament.

All-party support is expected confounded by our deputies with this bill, says Paulin Bouchard.

According to the federal government, 100,000 people work for a company under supply management in the country.

With the information from Thomas Deshaies

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