|By Marketwired .||
|February 4, 2014 10:48 AM EST||
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/04/14 -- Alberta Barley is pleased with yesterday's actions by the federal government to address our country's rail transportation issues, based on recommendations made by the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG).
"This is a good start," said Alberta Barley Chairman Matt Sawyer, who also sits on the CLWG. "We know this issue will not be solved overnight; however, we will continue to work politically and practically to achieve a solution."
The announcement by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz to improve the competitiveness of the supply chain is a welcome one, as farmers seek to deliver last year's bumper crop to a hungry world. However, the need to reliably transport and export our grain must remain a priority.
Canada is currently the fifth largest agri-food exporter in the world and approximately nine out of every 10 farms in this country are dependent on exports.
"Farmers depend on export markets to earn a living," added Sawyer. "Efficient rail service is vital to the future of farming in Western Canada, but we also have to think about the food processors across Canada. Real people's lives are being impacted everyday."
Alberta Barley is committed to ensuring that this issue remains a priority for industry and government.