A federal initiative for the new farmers, yes but ...

    LONGUEUIL, QC, May 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Young Farmers' Federation
(FRAQ) would like to react to the announcement made today by Mister Harper and
Mister Ritz about the access enlargement to the Farm Improvement and Marketing
Cooperatives Loans Act program to new farmers and cooperatives.
    New producers also mean young farmers. The FRAQ is especially
enthusiastic about the political will to support beginning farmers, which the
federal government eventually affirms. However the Federation regrets that the
young farmers were not previously consulted and would like to know more into
details the ins and outs of the program, before giving a more precise opinion.
    Additionally the FRAQ president Frédéric Marcoux points out that the loan
insurance problem is not the main difficulty for the youth who wish to start
in agriculture. "It would be good to involve us much more in the thinking
process engaged by the federal government, he adds, a preliminary diagnosis of
the situation of the establishment in agriculture in Canada would be a good
basis to then propose suitable and efficient measures."
    It must be kept in mind that more than one farm per day disappears and
that it is necessary to bring back the problem more to fiscal issues, so as to
preserve the existing farms and to avoid farm dismantlement. These
considerations must be part of the process that the government seems to be
initiating to help beginning farmers. More than ever the renewal of
generations in agriculture must be at the heart of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada's concerns.

For further information:

For further information: Magali Delomier, FRAQ director, Fédération de
la relève agricole du Québec, (450) 679-0540 poste 8299, mdelomier@upa.qc.ca;

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