SAGUENAY, QC, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - As elected members and delegates
gathered for their Annual General Assembly in Saguenay, the much-anticipated
decision for a new agreement in the collective marketing of pork by the Régie
des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec (RMAAQ) has been handed down.
According to the RMAAQ, the new agreement will promote effective
management of pork production in Québec. "Several provisions in the agreement
confirm to the Régie that a new dynamic is in place in this sector of activity
where business relationships between producers and buyers and between the
Fédération and buyers have solidified, which can only be beneficial to the
sector as a whole".
The new agreement will be in effect as of September 7th, 2009, for the
next four years.
This is a key moment for Mr. Jean-Guy Vincent who has been re-elected
unopposed: "From the beginning, we have been working toward negotiating an
agreement," said the FPPQ president. "The decision that has been handed down
reflects the spirit in which the work has been done and we are very happy with
This new agreement represents an historic change for pork production as,
for the first time, all partners in the pork sector have understood the
importance of facing the future together. Like producers, abattoirs,
processors, and business partners have one common goal: success.
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Producers took advantage of the presence of Jean-Pierre Blackburn, the
Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and
Agri-food), to thank him for the advances allocated through the Advance
Payments Program (APP). They also reminded the Minister that the economic
crisis is not over and that extra help should be extended for each pig sold to
compensate for losses incurred due to A H1N1 flu. Producers are also asking
for the reimbursement of Advance Payments Program (APP) loans to be spread out
over ten years and for a new emergency advance to be allocated immediately for
the current year.
Like every year, the meeting was held in one of Québec's 12
pork-producing regions. "It is with pleasure that we welcome the FPPQ's Annual
Assembly in our area," commented Mr. Guy Doré, president of the
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean regional association. "Pork production in
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean has seen hard times like everywhere else but it is still
here and we are very proud of it!"
To conclude, the future seems more reassuring. Not all of our problems
have been solved but pork producers recognize the importance of having a
strong and effective pork sector in Québec.
ABOUT THE FPPQ
The Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec represents the
interests of 3,900 producers from 12 regional syndicates. Pork producers raise
7.5 million hogs annually generating 1.5 billion dollars in revenue benefiting
every region in Québec and employing 24,000 people. Sixty percent of pork
produced in Québec is exported to over 75 countries. www.leporcduquebec.qc.ca
For further information:
For further information: Stéphanie Fortin, Fédération des producteurs de
porcs du Québec, Public Affairs Advisor, (450) 679-0540, extension 8542,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Source: Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec