Canadian Pork Council Welcomes Government Measures

    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Pork Council believes the
measures announced by the federal government today will go a long way to
helping Canada's struggling livestock sector make it through the difficult
months ahead.
    Improvements to the Advance Payments Program that will provide better
access to loans for producers, as well as a sow retirement program and a
review of key user fees are parts of the package.
    "We are re-assured by the announcement made by the federal government
today" says Clare Schlegel, President of the Canadian Pork Council. "We
believe the measures will be of significant help to producers."
    The Canadian hog industry has been put under unbearable economic pressure
because of the high Canadian dollar, soaring feed costs and low hog prices.
Farm families and rural communities are feeling the impact as the industry
adjusts to the new conditions, with many farmers being forced to leave their
family-owned and run operations.
    Jurgen Preugschas, First Vice-President, from Mayerthorpe, Alberta, says,
"the initiatives announced today show the Harper government and the opposition
parties appear genuinely committed to assisting Canada's key farm sectors
during these extremely unusual and difficult economic times".
    "We would like to thank the government for responding to our needs," says
Jean-Guy Vincent, Second Vice-President from Sainte-Séraphine, Québec. "But we
encourage all parties to move as quickly as possible to pass legislation."
    "We have been working over the past months with governments at all
levels, and today the federal government has shown that it has listened" says
Schlegel, who farms in Shakespeare, Ontario. "These initiatives add more tools
for producers to use, to help them through this crisis."
    Schlegel added while that the troubles in the industry will not end soon,
the federal government and the pork industry must continue to work together to
find improvements that help to guarantee the long-term competitiveness of this
important Canadian livestock industry.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Clare Schlegel, President, (519) 580-6761;
Mr. Jurgen Preugschas, 1st Vice President; (780) 204-2500; Mr. Jean-Guy
Vincent, 2nd Vice President, (819) 352 2453

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