Grain farmers protest over fertilizer tariffs

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Grain Farmers of Ontario and its Quebec counterpart are calling on the federal government to remove the 35% tariff on fertilizers imported from Russia, mainly nitrogen.

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“The invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate and its impacts on the global food system are growing. It is essential that the Canadian government provide tariff relief to farmers who cannot continue to bear the brunt of these costs,” said Brendan Byrne, President of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

“One of the biggest concerns for grain growers is the shortage and additional cost of the fertilizers we have available for our planting season. This is a historic moment for our partners in the fertilizer industry to act with integrity by treating farmers fairly on pricing and contracts.

Quebec President Christian Overbeek of the Producteurs de grains du Quebec said: “This is a global crisis and farmers are ready to sow the crops, but we cannot afford to pay inflated costs. extra while doing so.

“We understand the reason for the tariffs, but the impact on our food system is unsustainable and the government must act now to provide relief to farmers, who are paying the price.

“Fertilizer shortages coupled with rising costs will make this spring difficult and potentially a compromised harvest, which could be devastating as the world faces grain and food shortages,” he said. declared.

“Grain growers in Eastern Canada need access to the tools that will help them produce a bountiful and healthy crop,” Overbeek said.

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