GFO says farmers need support to get crops into the ground

Grain Farmers of Ontario is working with federal and provincial governments to identify and mitigate potential food security issues as a result of COVID-19 protection measures in Ontario.

Officials with the GFO have met with both the federal and provincial governments and has raised potential supply chain issues. The organization and the governments continue to work together to proactively examine potential risk to crop production from travel or commercial trade restrictions that may be needed to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Canada and Ontario.

Markus Haerle is the chair of the GFO and says farmer-members need to get a fully supported crop in the ground in the next few months. They need to have access to seed, nutrients, pest management tools, fuel, and more.

Many of the production tools and products used by grain farmers in Ontario are imported and Grain Farmers of Ontario is adamant that commercial border crossing not be impacted by other restrictions.