March 8, 2011 – The Pullet Growers of Canada (PGC), formerly the National Pullet Growers Association, is seeking Part 2 Agency status under the Farm Products Agencies Act.
March 8- Ottawa, Ont. – The Pullet Growers of Canada (PGC), formerly the National Pullet Growers Association, is seeking Part 2 Agency status under the Farm Products Agencies Act.
“Repositioning PGC within the supply management system as a Part 2 Agency will give Canadian pullet growers the legal voice to address the many issues affecting the pullet industry,” explains Andy DeWeerd, the Chair of the PGC.
To date, pullet growers have relied on their representation through egg producer organizations; this has been due to the fact that many pullet growers are also egg producers and both commodities are closely connected. However, egg organizations are mandated to represent only their egg producers and not the pullet growers.
“Pullet producers have an excellent relationship with the egg organizations; however, as an industry, we cannot rely on the good graces of the egg organizations to represent us,” says Mr. DeWeerd. “The time has come for pullet growers to have their own voice on such issues as cost of production, disease control, HACCP programs and housing standards, among many others. Being an autonomous agency will give PGC the required legal powers to make decisions on these issues, on behalf of pullet producers across the country.”
As part of the process of becoming a Part 2 Agency, PGC is conducting consultations across Canada with pullet producers and egg organizations.
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