Business & Policy
Manitoba government pushes for resolution on canola marketing restrictions
By Top Crop Manager
August 29, 2016 - Noting that on Sept. 1, China will be imposing unfair and commercially unreasonable restrictions on the imports of canola, Manitoba's agriculture minister, Ralph Eichler, has written to federal minister of international trade, Chrystia Freeland, supporting the federal government’s efforts in resolving the restrictions China intends to place on canola imports.
“I have sent a letter to the minister to encourage and support the federal government in their negotiations with China on removing their intended dockage requirements for canola,” says Eichler. “Our concerns are for the commercial viability of increasing restrictions on our canola exports to China. We support the efforts of the federal minister to work with the Chinese government to address their concerns regarding blackleg in canola and avoid restrictive trade barriers. This is a key international market for the industry and we hope that this can be resolved in a timely manner. There is a lot at stake for producers in Manitoba and it needs to be emphasized to our international trade partners that policy decisions need to be made based on science.”
Manitoba produced 2.86 million tonnes of canola in 2015, generating $1.1 billion dollars of farm cash receipts. Canola amounted to 36 per cent of the total farm cash receipts for crops in Manitoba in 2015.