Agriculture policy well worth noting
My grandmother had her MLA on speed-dial, and for some reason, I’ve got too much to say too. For what it’s worth, and perhaps that’s not much, I have a few comments on the Department of Agriculture consultation report. Given it might shape our agriculture policy until 2023, it’s worth noticing.
First, the report notes there is a lack of public trust in agriculture. Incredibly, at least one person thinks the solution is a communications strategy. Apparently the people that don’t like fish kills, pesticide drift or nitrate contamination are just misinformed. I imagine it’ll be more effective to actually solve those problems.
Second, I agree that agriculture practices should help capture carbon. There are many agricultural practices that build topsoil, and it’s exciting that the government heard that those practices exist. Given how fragile our little sandstone Island is, I hope that becomes an important priority moving forward.
Third, I don’t see the issue of succession planning addressed coherently. There is a lot of information on market research and innovation. However, I’m left wondering, will that research be aimed at creating opportunities for the people that actually want to be farming in 2030? Will that research help to build opportunities that a new generation of farmers is actually interested in seizing?
Finally, I think we have many people to thank for having such a robust agricultural industry on P.E.I. It’s a blessing, and solving the unintended problems we have as a result, is an opportunity.
Randy Campbell, Charlottetown