SARM urges Saskatchew­an res­i­dents to speak out about the canola crisis

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SASKATCHEW­AN AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF RU­RAL MU­NIC­I­PAL­I­TIES

Cana­dian canola is facing a crisis and Saskatchew­an’s farm­ers are at ground zero. The fu­ture of our farm­ers’ liveli­hoods is at risk given the un­re­solved sit­u­a­tion with China.

“We’ve seen no ac­tion from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment,” stated the Saskatchew­an As­so­ci­a­tion of Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (SARM) Pres­i­dent Ray Orb. “We’ve been to Ottawa, we’ve met with fed­eral min­is­ters, and still lit­tle is be­ing done. We need to raise our voice on this is­sue and we are look­ing to Saskatchew­an communitie­s and res­i­dents to get in­volved.”

Canola’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Cana­dian economy has more than tripled in the last 10 years, and Saskatchew­an is the largest ex­porter of canola in the coun­try. Ac­cess to the world mar­ket is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of our agri­cul­ture in­dus­try. A long-term ban will hurt Saskatchew­an’s 23,000 canola farm­ers and neg­a­tively im­pact our pro­vin­cial economy. This is­sue needs the im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion of our fed­eral lead­ers.

“SARM is en­cour­ag­ing ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, communitie­s, as­so­ci­a­tions, stake­hold­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic to sup­port this ur­gent is­sue,” ex­plained Orb. “A let­ter writ­ing cam­paign urg­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion is avail­able at www.sarm.ca – we all need to stand to­gether for Saskatchew­an’s canola pro­duc­ers.”

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