Public, industry weigh-in on future of agriculture
Public and industry feedback is helping set the stage for the continued success of the Island’s agriculture sector.
What We’ve Heard: The Next Policy Framework for Agriculture (2018-2023) is now available at Growing Forward 2 Programs.
“One of the ways the provincial government is helping our producers to succeed and our economy to grow is to actively engage farmers, industry, and residents in developing department programs and policies,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “The information collected from this report will help our department deliver programs that meet the specific needs of the Island’s agriculture industry going forward, and it will allow us to hit the ground running when the next policy framework comes into effect.”
The current agriculture policy framework, Growing Forward 2, expires March 31, 2018. Canadian ministries of agriculture recently signed a new policy framework for agriculture, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is a $3 billion investment in Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will begin April 1, 2018.
Department clients, industry stakeholders, and the public were invited to provide their input in several priority areas throughout the evaluation and consultation process. Engagement activities included client surveys, industry consultation sessions, meetings with industry stakeholders, and an online survey for public feedback.
“We appreciated that Government provided an opportunity to provide direct input into the process,” said PEI Federation of Agriculture President David Mol. “This agreement will help set the course for growth for Island farmers for the next five years and it was important that the perspectives of primary producers were heard.”
Agriculture is a key contributor to Prince Edward Island’s economy. Farm cash receipts from 2016 totalled $487 million and the industry employs approximately 3,500 people primarily in rural communities.
Some of the highlights of the report were:
• 80 per cent of client respondents indicated that the current GF2 programs are administered effectively;
• 78 per cent of client respondents indicated that the GF2 program responded to their needs as a member of the agriculture sector; and
• 63 per cent of stakeholder responses indicated that programs support the sector’s efforts to be more profitable.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries