Nearly 70% of farmers with a succession plan will retire in the next 10
OTTAWA AND REGINA, July 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Nearly 70 per cent of Canada's
agri-business owners who have succession plans will be retiring in the
next ten years. As a result, it's imperative government policies
encourage growth and expansion of Canadian farms. In Fostering Ag Competitiveness, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) outlines its farm
members' priorities for Growing Forward 2 to improve the agriculture sector's overall competitiveness.
Federal and provincial governments are currently working to finalize Growing Forward 2, the next agriculture policy agreement, which will come into effect on
April 1, 2013.
"As this succession train is coming down the track, fostering
agricultural competitiveness has never been more important" said
Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB's vice-president for Agri-business. "And
while we recognize there is little governments can do to solve many of
the global market issues facing farmers, they can certainly take steps
to improve the regulatory and tax environment to attract new
entrepreneurs to the Ag sector."
The CFIB's Future of Agriculture Policy survey, completed by 1,049 agri-business owners, indicates regulatory reform (72
per cent), reducing the total tax burden (68 per cent) and improving
market access for Canadian agricultural products (66 per cent) are top
priorities for government action. "CFIB agri-business members have made
it clear these priorities are crucial to moving the industry forward
and ensuring farmers are competitive on the world stage," added
CFIB is encouraged by the progress being made by the federal government
on managing red tape by announcing the implementation of the
'one-for-one' rule. The Federation is also pleased the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently launched a Statement of Rights and Service and the Complaints and Appeals Office. "While progress has been made, governments must continue reducing
barriers that hold back competition and deter entry of new
entrepreneurs," noted Braun-Pollon.
"CFIB hopes Growing Forward 2 results in farmer-friendly policies that foster entrepreneurship,
growth, diversification, and continued production of high-quality food
for consumers," concluded Braun-Pollon. "Time will tell if Agriculture
ministers are up to the task."
CFIB is the business voice for agriculture, representing 7,200
independently owned and operated agri-businesses in the country, the
majority of which are primary producers.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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