Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Changes Put Crops at Risk

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Liberals say cuts will reduce food safety, put consumers at risk.


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The Conservative's changes at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are being attacked.

The Liberals say the job and program cuts will reduce food safety and put consumers at risk.

There have been reports that a program to prevent soil contamination -- including the spread of invasive species -- will end.

The Liberals claim that will put Canadian crops and farm livelihoods at risk.

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Federal regulators have slapped new import restrictions to help protect Canadian livestock from the Schmallenberg virus.

The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency says the disease -- which is transmitted by biting insects -- was recently found in Europe.

Effective immediately -- animals must test negative for the virus before their semen or embryos can enter Canada from countries in the European Union.

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There may soon be more opportunities for Canadian producers in Saudi Arabia.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the weekend and wants to export more beef.

Last year Canada's farm exports to Saudi Arabia -- including fish products -- totalled 304 million dollars.

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Manitoba will maintain its official clubroot-free status -- even though clubroot DNA has been confirmed in soil samples from two different fields.

The Agriculture Ministry says the finding doesn't mean the damaging disease is now in the province -- but it raises the potential.

Clubroot causes significant canola yield losses.

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And spring seeding has started in southwest Saskatchewan

A few farmers have planted pulse crops and cereal grains -- but most will be waiting to seed later in May.

Topsoil conditions vary across the province, and most pastures are rating good to excellent.

 


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