By Fadi Didi
The National Farmers Union calling on Trade Ministers to abandon Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The National Farmers Union has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) model.
They instead want a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches to international trading relationships.
In an Open Letter to the Ministers , the NFU says it is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is dead.
It says the TPP did not deliver on promises of secure livelihoods, good jobs and prosperity.
The federal government is providing more than 274-thousand dollars in Growing Forward 2 funding to help expand markets for Canadian potatoes.
This project, funded under the AgriMarketing Program, provides the Canadian Horticultural Council with money to help grow potato markets through trade shows, targeted advertising, and market research and development.
The investment is part of the federal government's plan to help Canadian farmers expand markets at home and abroad.
Canadian potato exports are currently 1.6 billion dollars annually.
The president of Cereals Canada says while there's concern over Canada's trade relationship with the United States, it's not time to press the panic button just yet.
Cam Dahl says nationalism and protectionism are rising sentiments in the U-S.
He says as an exporting nation, Canada needs to pay attention to those concerns and address them where possible.
Dahl says an example of this is Italy, which is proposing country of origin labeling for durum which would increase the cost for exporters here in Canada.
Greek farmers armed with shepherd's crooks and stones clashed with riot police outside the agriculture ministry in central Athens during a protest against bailout-related income cuts.
Police fired tear gas to prevent dozens of protesters from forcing their way into the ministry building, and running clashes ensued.
No injuries were reported, and two suspected rioters were detained.
Protesters are angry at increases in their tax and social security contributions, part of the income and spending cuts and tax hikes Greece's government has implemented to meet bailout creditor-demanded budget targets.