Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 21, 2007 12:01 ET

AAFC/Minister's Statement: Government Working Hard on Initial Payments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 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 Canadian Wheat Board's (CWB) request to increase initial payments for wheat and barley.

"Farmers are benefiting from the highest commodity prices in years. Canada's New Government is committed to getting as much of that money into the pockets of hard working farmers as quickly as possible.

"By the time the Canadian Wheat Board released its initial prices on August 2, it was already clear that commodity prices were rising and the CWB acknowledged the need to raise the initial prices. On August 15, the Canadian Wheat Board officially asked the government for the initial price increases. It's unfortunate that it took the CWB nearly two weeks to make the request to begin the process to adjust the initial price.

"Canada's New Government is committed to accountability and that means taking the time to do the job right. My departmental officials and I are working hard to do the due diligence to review the request and deliver the best possible decision as quickly as possible."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Ritz' Office
    Todd MacKay