Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Fewer Farm Fatalities

By Fadi Didi

Canadian agriculture-related fatalities are declining across the country.


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The latest Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting information says agriculture-related fatalities are declining across the country.

The report shows that from 1990 to 2001, an average of 116 people died due to an agriculture-related incident.

From 2002 to 2012, the average number of agriculture-related fatalities dropped to 85 per year.

Between 2003 to 2012, farm machinery continued to be involved in most agriculture-related fatalities with runovers, rollovers and being pinned or struck by a machine component accounted for the top three ways people were fatality injured.

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Quebec is ramping up output of maple syrup as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces.

The province is adding five million taps over the next two years to its existing 43 million spigots.

Simon Trepanier of the Quebec Maple Syrup Federation says that is intended to satisfy a growing appetite for the natural sugar, which is increasingly being used as an ingredient in food and drinks.

The federation says its system of quotas helps bring stability to supply and prices, but nearby provinces and states say not having quotas gives them an advantage.

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A leading Canadian agri-food expert says Canada has an opportunity to significantly boost its gross domestic product and be a key player in the coming agriculture-industrial revolution.

But Evan Fraser, head of the University of Guelph's Food Institute, says the sector needs investment from the federal government to take advantage of the opportunity.

He says that the population is growing and with climate change, food is expected to be harder to produce.

Fraser says there's a strong likelihood agriculture will rise in importance in terms of global economic trade and Canada is poised to play an important role.

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The Canadian Wildlife Federation wants Ottawa to stop turning over community pastures to the Prairie provinces because of concerns it has about species at risk.

In 2013, the previous Conservative government began a plan to transfer control of 900,000 hectares of community pastureland to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta by 2018.

The federation says these provinces have not committed funding for managing species at risk on the pastures that were owned and managed by Agriculture Canada.
 


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