Manitoba Ban on Swine Expansion Expected to Discourage Environmentally Friendly Farming
Farmscape for September 22, 2008 (Episode 2966)
The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce warns the province's proposed ban on swine industry development in eastern Manitoba will discourage the adoption new technologies designed to make hog farming more environmentally friendly.
Bill 17, which proposes a ban on swine barn construction or expansion in most of eastern Manitoba was introduced in the legislature for third reading last week and debate on the bill will resume this week.
A rally is planned for Wednesday at the legislature to protest Bill 17 and promote an amendment to the bill proposed by Manitoba Pork Council.
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Graham Starmer says, in many cases, operations will need the flexibility to restructure if they are to afford the cost of adopting new technology that is extremely environmentally friendly. Link
Livestock producers will always try to be as environmentally friendly as possible because their livelihood depends on it. However, many of these new technologies can be very expensive to implement. If an operation no longer has the ability to grow, just as every small business owner hopes to do, then these costs can be very difficult to justify.