Growers fret the details
Organization releases response
The Processing Vegetable Growers’ Alliance is expressing concerns with proposed changes to the Farm Products Marketing Act.
Regulation 440 governs a number of issues impacting the processing vegetable sector in Ontario, including the negotiation process between growers and processors.
“We have carefully reviewed the list of changes the commission is proposing to Reg. 440, and will be providing a detailed response as part of the online consultation period,” said Francis Dobbelaar, the alliance chair, in a media release. “We are extremely disappointed and concerned with several of the changes and the impact they will have on growers.”
The Farm Products Marketing Commission announced the proposed changes last month.
The Processing Vegetable Growers’ Alliance’s concerns include the implementation of a new two-round negotiation process; removal of final offer arbitration for contract negotiations; and the creation of a new industry advisory committee with grower representatives hand-picked by the commission rather than elected.
The alliance stated it believes all 10 grower positions on a committee must be chosen by growers.
“We are encouraging every processing vegetable grower to take part in the consultation process on Reg. 440,” Dobbelaar said. “We need to have our voices heard, and advocate for the kind of industry that encourages innovation, collaboration and progress.”
The Processing Vegetable Growers’ Alliance represents farmers who grow 14 different types of processing vegetables in Ontario.