The drought in western Canada has been one of the big agricultural stories of 2021.
“I was able to travel, testify and meet farmers,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “But I’m very proud of what we’ve done in partnership with the provinces, to be able to deploy AgriRecovery very quickly and in a very nimble manner so that producers get help faster than I can. think. . “
Bibeau noted, “Climate change is definitely a reality, and farmers are the first to be affected and to deal with the situation. We have to work even harder to be resilient, to adapt and to fight against this.
Meanwhile, on the west coast, Bibeau said the recent devastating flooding was another disaster farmers faced in 2021. The minister recently visited British Columbia to get an overview. and see how the federal government can help.
“Obviously, my colleagues from the Canadian Armed Forces and (from the Department of) Transport as well, to provide direct support to farmers in terms of more boots on the ground to support them, but also to strengthen our food supply chain which, again, is resilient, but then we will have to go through the recovery phase. There is a lot of work to be done.
Over the past year, Bibeau also returned to the agriculture portfolio following the spring federal election. She said it was a privilege to be back in the role.
“I love the agricultural sector, representing our rural and agricultural regions,” she noted. “I was able to forge relationships with representatives of the various agricultural sectors across the country, with my counterparts in the provinces as well, and indeed, we started the discussion around the next partnership agreement for 2023 to 2028. I am very, very glad to be back. “
Additional files on Bibeau’s desk for 2022 include a hope of advancing the government’s agri-environmental agenda and addressing labor shortages in the sector.