“This is more evidence that Agriculture Canada is no longer in the business of advancing the productivity of farmers and the success of the sector,” said Wheat Growers President Gunter Jochum in a Tuesday press release.
“We will be watching these consultations carefully, but we are prepared to expend resources to tell average, urban, non-farming Canadians that their food supply and the cost of their food could be very negatively impacted by further federal ‘sustainability’ regimes.”
Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) Saskatchewan Director Daryl Fransoo said the over-regulation of farmers is costing Canadians at the grocery store. “It’s time for Ottawa to step out of the way. Their over regulations of an industry that’s already the epitome of sustainability is only making food more expensive for Canadians in the store shelves,” […]
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) are concerned with the federal government’s approach to improving agriculture environmental performance. President Gunter Jochum said the group is worried upcoming consultations will lead to regulations that hurt consumers, decrease production, and amplify already extreme food inflation.
“The government wants to increase the [carbon] tax, which would cost my farm a whopping $136,000 per year by 2030. This will jeopardize the viability and sustainability of my farm,” Jochum stated.
Wheat Growers President Gunter Jochum speaks at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food about supply chain issues and global food security. Link to watch (start at 16:46:30)
The WCWGA said it is still waiting for the government to show what benefits will come from reducing fertilizer emissions by 30 per cent including a cost benefit analysis of the action.
When Canadian farmers cut production, the void will be filled by farmers from such places as China and India, where fertilizer usage is much more intensive
President Gunter Jochum notes the policy is precisely what Canada, and the world, does not need in a time of food insecurity and inflation.
Gunter Jochum, president of The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss his view on grains including Wheat and Canola. Jochum says that even as weather conditions in Canada will allow for increased production, grain prices will remain high as a result of challenging situations in countries like Pakistan and Ukraine.