Poultry, egg farmers call for compensation

Canada’s poultry and egg farmers say they are disappointed compensation resulting from the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has not yet been put in place.

In a press release, Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers said they believed at the start of 2020 that the federal government would have in place “full and fair support” to mitigate CPTPP’s impacts, but they are still “awaiting the details of these programs and initiatives.”

The groups say they could lose billions of dollars in net operating expenses as a result of the CPTPP because the deal opened up the Canadian domestic market to other countries.

While a working group created by the federal government has been set up to find how to best deliver an industry investment fund for compensation, no announcements have been made about what specifically will be offered.

“We appreciate the government’s repeated vocal support for supply management, but find the current situation worrisome. Our farmers have been patient and co-operative, and need to see concrete action,” said the release. “The lack of movement on this file is concerning, especially since recommendations were put forward to the federal government almost a year ago.”

Requests for interviews on the topic were denied, but the release said Canada’s poultry and egg farmers are calling on the federal government to, “uphold its commitment and announce the programs that provide full and fair support to Canada’s poultry and egg sectors as they absorb the impacts of the CPTPP.”

Agriculture Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau continues to voice support for supply management but refuses to give any timeline for when remaining compensation for CPTPP and other trade deals — such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union — will be offered to affected producers.

“We are delivering on our commitment to provide full and fair compensation in support of supply-managed farmers, as a result of commitments made under CPTPP and CETA,” said Bibeau’s office in a statement. “Through the poultry and egg working group we worked in partnership with the sectors to understand their views on how to respond to CETA and CPTPP in the most fair and effective way possible.”

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