Saturday, May 6, 2017

Chicken agency approves another increase

The national supply management agency, Chicken Farmers of Canada, has approved a five per cent production increase over year-earlier levels for two crop periods running from Aug. 6 to Nov. 26.

The Ontario board recommended a six per cent increase.

When the national agency aims for increases, Ontario is allowed to take more of the increase than the national average. It has, however, been failing to fill all of the production the agency has granted it over the last several crop periods.

The Ontario marketing board, after decades of lobbying, persuaded the national agency that the province has been chronically short of chicken.

The Ontario board has used some of the increase to open up new markets, both by allowing small-scale farm production without quota and by allowing new processors into the market.