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L-R:  Ron Lemaire, CPMA president, Amy Argentino, director of operations, FVGC, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jan VanderHout FVGC past president, Marcus Janzen, FVGC president.
L-R: Ron Lemaire, CPMA president, Amy Argentino, director of operations, FVGC, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jan VanderHout FVGC past president, Marcus Janzen, FVGC president.
June 05, 2024

On June 4, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) held their spring annual joint advocacy event, Farm to Plate 2024, in Ottawa.

 

The event brought together produce industry leaders who met with targeted stakeholders working on key files for the fruit and vegetable sector to ensure that they are kept at the forefront of parliamentarian efforts, including:

 

-  Stabilizing food prices with strategic sector support;

 

-  Supporting the industry’s sustainability initiatives;

 

-  Establishing financial protection measures for produce sellers; and more.

 

“The produce industry plays a key role contributing nearly $15 billion each year to Canada’s GDP,” said George Pitsikoulis, CPMA chair. “This joint advocacy event provides us with unique opportunities to connect with elected federal leaders and voice our industry’s concerns. We are delighted with the productive discussions we had with government representatives and look forward to continued collaboration to address the industry’s challenges and enhance its global competitiveness.”

 

“The regulatory burden and ongoing inflation are some of the critical issues threatening food security in Canada,” added Marcus Janzen, FVGC president. “As growers, it was crucial for us to engage with the Government to find effective solutions that prioritize Canadians’ access to food, which is a basic human need. We need strategic support to stabilize food prices and ensure the sustainability of our industry."

 

During the event, industry participants met with representatives of the Senate, the House of Commons, and the four major political parties, including the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Senator Rob Black, chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Member of Parliament Kody Blois, chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food; Robert Ianiro, vice president of Policy and Programs at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Evelyn Soo, executive director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate, CFIA.

 

Source:  Canadian Produce Marketing Association June 5, 2024 news release

 

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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 5 June 2024