CFA lauds federal Tobacco Transition Program
The federal government's recently announced Tobacco Transition Program is a welcome solution for tobacco producers and rural communities that have been affected by rapidly changing market conditions, says the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA).
'Ontario tobacco farmers have faced an array of difficult challenges in recent years,' said CFA President Bob Friesen. 'We commend the federal government for consulting with the industry and delivering on an urgently needed program.'
The CFA, together with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Marketing Board, has sought assistance from the federal government to facilitate a smooth transition for tobacco producers who may wish to diversify their operations or exit the industry to pursue other opportunities.
'Tobacco producers have for many years been recognized as strong contributors to Ontario's economy. With the announcement of this program, these producers will be supported in making necessary adjustments and planning for both the future of their families and their communities.'
The CFA will continue working with members at the federal and provincial government levels in order that the program will be implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible.