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The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has held a monopoly on the marketing of wheat grown in Western Canada for export or domestic consumption since 1943 when the Government of Canada made selling wheat through the CWB mandatory in order to guarantee a steady supply of food to Europe during a time of war. In 1949, barley and oats were added to the monopoly. (Oats were eliminated in the 1980s.)
Innovation and increased secondary and tertiary processing are key components in developing strong value chains in the wheat and barley industries for the benefit of producers, processors, and the country as a whole. The current single-desk model restricts valued added investment in wheat and barley, significantly detracting the ability of farmers and industry to respond to market demands and earn a premium return in recognition of the innovation provided, including innovation in value-added processing.
The removal of single desk marketing systems in other countries has led to new investment and growth in value added activities to the benefit of all members of wheat and barley value chains from consumers to processors to farmers. Argentina, Australia, Ukraine, Russia are among many examples. Removal of delivery constraints into the Canadian grain handling system has benefited the entire Canadian Canola industry.
The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce strives to help foster growth in our city and province by increasing our productivity and competitiveness, thereby raising the standard of living for all Albertans. This mission is based on a person’s ability to enjoy the liberty associated with running a business in a free and open economy – a liberty that should not be denied Western Canadian farmers and industry.
The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce recommends that the Governments of Alberta and Canada:
*Value Added Product is defined as any change from the Harmonized Standards (HS) code from the grain code to a value added product code at the 2 digit level. E.g.: from cereals (codes starting with 10) to Milling industry Products (codes starting with 11 or to consumer food products codes starting with 16-24). Reference: http://www.exportcanada.com/HscodeSearch.aspx
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