NS minister supports supply management

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Nova Scotia is calling on the federal government to protect Canada’s supply-management system during international trade negotiations.

Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell.
Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell.
Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell wrote to his federal colleague Gerry Ritz on May 20 to underline the need to preserve the benefits of supply management for agricultural industries.

“Supply management is critical to jobs and the economy in rural communities and seeing it protected is a key priority for the provincial government,” Colwell said. “We are reminding the federal government it needs to safeguard Canada’s system as it pursues trade negotiations like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”

Supply-managed products such as eggs, dairy foods and poultry have an annual farm gate value of $267 million in the province and support more than 800 jobs.

“We will continue to raise these issues with our federal counterparts to ensure they are working to preserve the success of Canada’s commodity industries,” Colwell said.

A copy of the minister’s letter is available at www.novascotia.ca/agri/ .

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