Mr. Maurice A. Dionne (Miramichi):
Mr. Speaker, for the last year and a half, the farming community has been waiting anxiously for the Atlantic Livestock Feed Initiative phase II agreement, better known as ALFI II.
This program was put in place in order to help Atlantic farmers reach self-sufficiency in grain production. It is extremely important for the future of agriculture in Atlantic Canada.
At the present time, Atlantic farmers pay a lot more for their feed grains than other Canadian farmers because of the very high transportation costs. ALFI II will help our agricultural community to become less dependent on transportation costs.
A couple of weeks ago, the Minister of Agriculture decided to maintain the ALFI II program for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
I call on him now to make a positive decision for New Brunswick because Atlantic Canadian farmers are awaiting his decision.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ATLANTIC LIVESTOCK FEED INITIATIVE