March 3, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Health, of course,
whether of animals or of human beings, is largely under the control of the provinces, and in most of the provinces they have district representatives who are out covering those areas. That is true in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. These men are very well informed as to all the different treatments that can be given, and then there are, of course, in some districts the veterinarians who are consulted.
Publications are put out in great numbers by the. department in all sections of the country, and there are articles in the local papers which can be read by the farmers, and which give a great deal of information. In the district in which I farm, the best agent is the druggist who handles many of the treatments. He gives more publicity to what can be done and probably gives better service to the farmers than anyone else. He is in the district and keeps track of all treatments that can be used, and he takes the trouble to go among the farmers and indicate what can be done. That, of course, is part of his own business in distributing the things he has to sell. In the different districts it is done in different ways, but most farmers are well informed as to what can be done, where to get information and how to use the different treatments, though, of course, it is like everything else concerning disease; the treatment is not always administered at the right time and is, therefore, not preventive but rather curative.

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