Source: Manitoba Pork
Manitoba Pork welcomes the news that an agreement has been reached on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership by Canada and the other 10 member countries. The pork organization thanks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister François Champagne, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and all others involved, for their tireless efforts to bring this deal to a successful conclusion. The next step is for the members to work toward signing the agreement by early March.
This revamped trade deal marks a good day for Manitoba’s hog sector. The CPTPP will be setting the global trade rules for at least the next decade, and Canada’s involvement is crucial to protecting the country’s agricultural interests. The expanded trade opportunities flowing from this deal may encourage Manitoba farmers to invest in new and existing farm infrastructure, and will certainly create more jobs both on and off the farm.
Manitoba Pork looks forward to reviewing the final texts of the agreement in the coming days.
Trade advocacy maintains, builds bridges
While the CPTPP is progressing nicely, the threat of a renegotiated or non-existent North American Free Trade Agreement still looms. With that in mind, this month Manitoba Pork directors and staff again attended the annual Minnesota and Iowa pork congresses, two areas where almost half of the U.S. hog sector is centered.
As always, our goal there is to encourage key American decision makers to keep the borders open and free from tariffs and discriminatory regulations. This year, as in the past, numerous meetings were held with representatives from U.S. political offices, farm groups and processing companies, and our booth provides a great opportunity to chat with American farmers and sector partners.
We look forward to catching up with our Minnesota and Iowa hog sector friends at Manitoba Pork’s Annual General Meeting on April 5 at The Fairmont Winnipeg.
PEDV elimination efforts seeing results
Manitoba Pork is pleased to report that continued efforts on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus elimination are seeing results. Currently 65 of the 80 premises affected by PED in 2017 have improved their disease status. Forty-two premises have reached presumptive negative status and 23 are at PED transitional.
For further information, contact Jenelle Hamblin, Manitoba Pork’s manager of Swine Health Programs, at 204-235-4442.