Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 02, 2007 13:19 ET

Government Approves Increase to Wheat and Barley Initial Payments

Minister's Statement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement regarding the Government's approval of a Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) request to increase initial payments for wheat and barley.

"Farmers work hard to grow the grain they sell and they should get paid for that work as quickly as possible.

"Canada's New Government is committed to getting high commodity prices into farmers' pockets quickly and that's why we worked hard to expedite the CWB's request for an initial price increase.

"This government is committed to delivering action for farm families and is also committed to accountability. CWB initial prices put taxpayer dollars on the line and it's important to go through the due diligence process.

"This process usually takes between eight and 12 weeks. Canada's New Government did its due diligence and delivered the initial payment increase in less than seven weeks.

"Hard working Canadian farmers produce some of the highest quality food in the world and they deserve every opportunity to choose and benefit from the marketing options to make the most of the high prices they're currently enjoying."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Ritz' Office
    Todd MacKay
    613-759-1059