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Growers not consulted on changes to processing vegetable industry


April 26, 2019
By Kelsey Johnson iPolitics

Ontario’s processing vegetable industry says the Ford government did not consult with growers before it announced plans to overhaul the sector’s marketing and pricing system.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) said it was “disappointed” Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman made his decision to order the complete overhaul of the sector’s market board “without any input from the grower community.”

Hardeman said he had instructed the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to come up with a new marketing plan for the industry “that includes direct contracting between processors and tomato growers, and to look at options for other processing vegetables.”

The new system, he said, should be in place by the start of the 2020 crop year and be developed with direct input from growers. | READ MORE