Tomato processors and the marketing board have reached agreement on contracting for this year’s crop.
The deal comes after Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal turfed the directors of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Marketing Board and appointed former NDP agriculture minister Elmer Buchanan trustee.
Tomatoes are by far the largest crop for processing. Negotiations for other crops continue.
Buchanan says both sides made concessions to reach a deal.
The M.O.U. (Memorandum of Understanding) signed last year regarding pricing and contract tonnage will all be maintained between growers and Highbury Canco, ConAgra Foods Canada and Sun-Brite Foods.