For release: May 14, 2004
McGuinty Government Improves Competitiveness of Apple
New board will enable growers to plan for the future
TORONTO - The McGuinty government is helping improve the competitiveness
of Ontario's apple industry by providing for the creation of a new marketing
The Ontario Apple Growers will be established by a new regulation under
the Farm Products Marketing Act.
"Commercial apple growers will be able to design an effective organization
that allows them to speak with a single voice, provide for the future
through research and education and increase markets," said Steve
Peters, Minister of Agriculture and Food. "We are committed to a
sustainable apple industry that is able to compete and win in the global
In the spring of 2003, almost 72 per cent of eligible apple producers
voted in favour of developing a new, regulated marketing plan in a vote
conducted by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. More than
65 per cent of eligible growers took part in the vote.
"The apple growers of Ontario welcome this announcement," said
Brian Gilroy, Chair of the Ontario Apple Growers' Steering Committee.
"By working together through this new marketing board, we will help
the Ontario apple industry meet the many challenges we face - at home
and internationally. It'll be one of the keys to our future success."
"The Ontario government appreciates the commitment of this province's
apple growers to the future of their industry," said Peters. "We
will work with them to establish the kind of organization they require."
New Marketing Board for Ontario Apple Growers
Ontario Apple Growers, a new marketing board established by regulation
under the Farm Products Marketing Act will help apple growers plan
for the future.
The new board will have:
- authority to negotiate the price of apples for juice with processors;
- leadership responsibility for activities related to research, promotion
- a board of directors comprised of 10 elected producers;
- authority over all producers who own or rent 10 or more acres of apple
- the ability to assess and collect an annual licence fee of $20 per
Apple marketers and processors will not be regulated under the marketing
regulation, but will be required to co-operate with the new board by providing
information on the industry and, if necessary, deduct outstanding acreage
fees for the board. As well, while not covered by the board, growers with
less than 10 acres of apple orchard will be able to access and benefit
from board activities.
With an annual budget of approximately $320,000 to support its activities,
Ontario Apple Growers will be responsible for the collection of acreage
fees and any enforcement that might be required to collect these fees.
The activities of the new board will be supervised by the Ontario Farm
Products Marketing Commission.
Rod Stork, Chair
Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission
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