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Agriculture Report

Meat Prices to Rise

By Fadi Didi

Food inflation to be slightly lower but shoppers should expect big jumps in the price of meat.


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The researchers behind Canada's annual food price report say that while they expect food inflation to be slightly lower this year than previously estimated, shoppers should expect big jumps in the price of meat.

The mid-year forecast update by researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax projects grocery and restaurant food prices will rise between three and four per cent this year, rather than the three to five per cent they anticipated back in December.

However, meat will be more expensive than they previously thought, with prices expected to jump seven to nine per cent by the end of the year.

Lead author Sylvain Charlebois says the spike is due to low inventories, particularly for cattle and hogs.

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Visitors from around the world are in Regina this week to see the latest in high tech farm machinery as the Canada Farm Progress Show opens tomorrow at Evraz Place.

Manager Shirley Janeczko says the show features 650 exhibitors and will attract a crowd of 40 thousand.

She says there will visitors from Ivory Coast, Mongolia and Australia.

The show runs through tomorrow.

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The provincial government says it is investing 45-million dollars over the next three years to help Ontario's wineries and grape growers improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Jeff Leal -- the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs -- made the announcement yesterday at Sandbanks Estate Winery in Prince Edward County.

He says changes will be made to better support Ontario's wine and grape producers so that they can to grow, create jobs and meet increasing consumer demand for world-class Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance wines.

Some changes include helping small- and medium-sized wineries access new retail sales opportunities in the L-C-B-O and grocery stores through the V-Q-A Wine Support Program.

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Provincial police continue to investigate an accident that claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy on a farm in Perth East.

The child, who had been working in a barn was taken to hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The cause of death is not yet known and a post-mortem examination was scheduled.

Police say they do not suspect foul play. 
 


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