Ontario chicken producers have been granted a 5.4 per cent increase in production over their adjusted base quota for the early spring market.
The increase is a result of two decisions by the national agency.
The first was to judge that restaurants will be returning closer to normal so chicken demand will be increasing after the COVID-19 disruptions.
The second is to grant Ontario and the rest of Eastern Canada a “recovery” allocation for the reductions they took from July to October last year when COVID-19 disrupted supply chains.
Western Canada did not take those cuts because at the time COVID-19 was not having a similar impact on the chicken industry there.
Ontario’s 5.4 per cent increase for quota period A-174 compares with the national increase of 4.5 per cent above the adjusted base.