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Stark contrast in agricultural vision across the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border

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Farmers in Saskatchewan are far more confident than Manitoba farmers that their Ministry of Agriculture has a vision for the sector.

On the last day of Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Month, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a report, A Stark Contrast of Visions for Agriculture which reveals:

  • A majority (66%) of CFIB Saskatchewan farm members are confident that their provincial Ministry of Agriculture has a vision that supports agri-business and entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector.
  • In a stark contrast, only 19 per cent of Manitoba farm members are confident that their provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) has a vision for the sector.

 

Level of farmer confidence

These findings present a benchmark in both provinces with Saskatchewan farm members giving a thumbs up to their Ministry of Agriculture and Manitoba farm members giving the MAFRD the thumbs down.

CFIB’s report also outlines farmers’ top priority concerns and specific ways governments can address these issues so the sector can be more competitive in the global economy.

Next Steps: We hope this report encourages both provinces to look at their respective benchmarks and then work towards improving their vision for the agriculture sector.

Visit Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture or Manitoba’s Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Development