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Chicken producers tell MPs pandemic has taken its toll

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

June 15, 2020
By Western Producer


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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