Canadian Produce Marketing Association to Host Farm to Plate Meetings with Parliamentarians
OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Canadian produce industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with Parliamentarians and their staff in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. In particular, the group discussed: crop protection, financial protection for the fruit and vegetable industry, and the new Food Policy for Canada.
As stated in a press release, “This was the last formal advocacy event for both CPMA and CHC prior to the 2019 federal election. The fresh fruit and vegetable industry will continue to keep issues affecting the supply chain top-of-mind as parliamentarians prepare to go back to their riding and seek re-election.”
CPMA and CHC hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Brasserie after meeting with over 20 parliamentarians and other key stakeholders, including the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Dr. Siddika Mithani, Canadian Food Inspection Agency President. The evening provided all attendees a more informal environment to network and build positive relationships with over 80 decision makers and influencers.
Further, CPMA and CHC expressed that they are grateful to parliamentarians and their staff for their ongoing support and recognition of the critically important role the fresh fruit and vegetable industry plays in the Canadian economy and the health of Canadians.
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