Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Consultations set for veggie processing industry

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has reserved the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham-Kent for consultations on its proposal to remove bargaining powers from the Ontario Vegetables for Processing Marketing Board.

Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal stepped in to promise the consultations after former commission chairman Geri Kamenz announced the proposal last year and triggered a groundswell of criticism from farmers.

The current chairman, Jim Clarke, has posted an invitation to the consultations on the commission’s website. One problem: it's this Thursday. Nothing like advance notice, eh?

“As part of the first stage of our plan, I would like to invite you to an open and interactive consultation session to discuss:

       opportunities for collaboration between Ontario's processing vegetable producers and processors;

       how we can work together to improve relationships in the processing vegetable industry;

       the potential of a pilot project that would feature some direct contracting capabilities for the 2017 tomato crop.

The session will be held Thursday, February 16 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.