Whether it’s access to crop protection products or access to labour, the issues are the same for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). That’s why growers of processing crops are seeking membership and a director’s seat on the OFVGA board.
The OPVG represents a sector with a farmgate value of about $100 million. Altogether the OFVGA represents more than 125 commodities – apples to zucchini – with farmgate value of more than $2.3 billion.
For OPVG, the benefit would be participation in the larger horticultural circle of dialogue and deeper understanding of networking with other agricultural associations. For OFVGA, the benefit would be added weight to its voice when lobbying provincial and federal governments on policy issues.
OPVG and OFVGA have had a long-time informal relationship on the crop protection file, with increasing interaction on other files such as labour and safety nets in the past two years.
The proposal will come forward for a vote at the OFVGA annual general meeting on February 18, 2020.
Source: OFVGA September 3, 2019 newsletter