New Brunswick egg farmers warily watching WTO

by 5m Editor
31 October 2005, at 12:00am

NEW BRUNSWICK - Atlantic Canada&#39;s agricultural viability will be at risk if the world&#39;s farm-subsidized nations alter tariff limits at the upcoming World Trade Organization negotiations, say Maritime producers. &quot;Depending on what happens there our systems could be at risk,&quot; said Gordon Hunter, an egg farmer from Florenceville. Mr. Hunter, who is also vice-chairman of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency, said supply managed systems, such as the ones used in New Brunswick, are at risk of changing. &quot;The proposals that are out there won&#39;t be favourable to us,&quot; he said. For farmers, especially poultry, turkey, milk, and egg producers, supply management takes the risk of out of farming and generates wealth by managing production through a quota system. Once farmers purchase a quota, they are assured a stable source of income. Smaller farms withstand price fluctuations since quotas are initially capitalized dollar for dollar, and all farms get fair prices from the marketplace without taxpayer assistance. <i>Source:</i>

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