OFA President: More Attention Needed On AgricultureAugust 24, 2016 6:02am
The president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture says it would be good for the province if cabinet ministers followed the example of the OFA board and toured various agricultural sectors.
Don McCabe pointed out that both the federal and provincial governments are working on the future of their agricultural policies so now would be an ideal time.
During the directors tour in Chatham-Kent McCabe said that with more than 200 crops grown in the province attention is needed by more than the Minister of Agriculture.
“They acknowledge that agriculture is the number one industry from the perspective that it is a $36-billion industry, but that’s just a number until you see the people’s lives and the passion for what they do,” he says, “It’s a cornucopia of opportunity, and I think Chatham-Kent and this region of the world because of its climatic zone and geographical location can certainly bring a lot to the table.”
McCabe says labour and environment ministers, for example need to understand more about agriculture’s needs but also what it can do to help move the country’s economy forward.
McCabe said during the directors tour in Chatham-Kent that with more than 200 crops grown in the province that attention is needed by more than the Minister of Agriculture.
McCabe says there needs to be a lot more understanding of what agriculture has to offer.
McCabe wants greater understanding at the political level.