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Chicken producers tell MPs pandemic has taken its toll

By Western Producer   

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Producers have faced “sharp decline” in sales, CFC reported.

Chicken Farmers of Canada told federal members of Parliament that producers have faced a “sharp decline” in sales as a result of a significant drop in food services, which represents roughly 40 percent of their market.

CFC chair Benoît Fontaine spoke during a virtual meeting of the agriculture committee on May 29.

He told MPs that farmers and processors were left with a surplus in production for a short period of time at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but the supply-managed industry was able to quickly change its production levels to avoid a “worst case scenario” that would have resulted in having to destroy birds to reduce flocks.


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