Farmscape for April 20, 2018
The President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says the contribution of Canadian agriculture in helping reduce Canada's carbon footprint and without a carbon tax needs to be recognized.
The Government of Saskatchewan has rejected a Federal Government ultimatum to the provinces implement a carbon price or have one imposed, a position which is supported by Saskatchewan's umbrella farm organization.
Todd Lewis, the President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, says the agriculture sector has been increasing its efficiencies with new technologies and new agronomic practices and is producing more pounds of protein be it pork or beef and more grains and oil seeds with a lower carbon footprint than ever before and without a carbon tax.
Clip-Todd Lewis-Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan:
Farmers have always been driving efficiencies for lower fuel consumption, new agronomic practices, a lot of which have been invented right on the prairies and certainly within Saskatchewan things like direct seeding and all of that technology has been exported around the world.
We've done a good job of lowering our carbon footprint and increasing fuel prices aren't going to make farmers burn less fuel.
If we're going to grow crop we need to burn fuel and if you put the price of it up we're just going to increase our cost.
It's not going to make us burn less fuel because we already are burning as little as we possibly can.
There's low margins in agriculture and we don't burn fuel without good reason.
With an economy like Saskatchewan where we're export oriented all of our commodities are on the world market and there's no real way to pass on to our customers carbon pricing.
It'll be taken off the bottom line of our producers and we see that as a major flaw with the carbon tax.
It's a competitive issue that we'll be less competitive in the world market.
Lewis says the world wants what Canada produces but we need to supply it in a competitive fashion.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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