Mr. W. H. Jorgenson (Provencher):
Mr. Speaker, the farmers of western Canada will be pleased to learn that the cheques in payment for oats and barley will be issued soon. Since sales during the past crop year have been much below previous years there is a very serious shortage of cash in the hands of farmers with which to pay the necessary production costs. I might add that as a result of the fact this government has seen fit to contribute greatly to the increased cost of production, these cheques will be most welcome. During the past two years farm costs have risen at an alarming rate, and farmers are caught in a very serious cost-price squeeze.
We are pleased that the final payments on both oats and barley are relatively stable in comparison with past years. However, farmers will be looking forward with great expectations to higher payments on the 1966-67 wheat crop, although I doubt very much if those expectations will be realized.
Topic: WHEAT, OATS AND BARLEY-STATEMENT AS TO FINAL PAYMENTS