Seed value cre­ation is long over­due

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - CON­TRIB­UTED

The West­ern Cana­dian Wheat Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion firmly sup­ports ef­forts to cre­ate value in the seed sec­tor and re­ward those in­vest­ing in breed­ing.

“Why wouldn’t farm­ers want both pub­lic and pri­vate breed­ers to de­velop new wheat va­ri­eties to pro­vide more tech­nol­ogy and choice?” says Gunter Jochum, Man­i­toba farmer, Di­rec­tor of the Wheat Grow­ers, and par­tic­i­pant of the first con­sul­ta­tion in Win­nipeg Nov. 23.

Wheat Grow­ers are pleased Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) have or­ga­nized con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions re­gard­ing value cre­ation mod­els for ce­re­als re­search and va­ri­ety de­vel­op­ment in Canada.

The Grains Roundtable pro­posed two rev­enue pro­duc­ing mod­els, both of which are vi­able op­tions in the eyes of The Wheat Grow­ers.

“We’re let­ting the con­sul­ta­tion process run its course be­fore stat­ing a pre­ferred choice. Wheat Grow­ers are fully en­gaged in the ses­sions, and are keen to learn more about the pros and cons of both so­lu­tions,” Gunter ex­plained.

The Wheat Grow­ers feel it’s im­por­tant for pol­icy mak­ers to know we sup­port the on­go­ing process of con­sult­ing across the value chain.

"As farm­ers, we don’t feel the sta­tus quo is good enough, and want im­prove­ments in­clud­ing more in­vest­ment, in­no­va­tion and com­pe­ti­tion,” states Levi Wood, Pres­i­dent of the Wheat Grow­ers. “Com­pe­ti­tion is good, so if a new sys­tem en­cour­ages and fa­cil­i­tates more of it, we feel con­fi­dent it’s a move in the right direc­tion.”

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