Grain Farmers of Ontario commend Federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerald Ritz for moving the Bill C-18 the Agricultural Growth Act into law.
“We are pleased that Bill C-18 has received Royal Assent,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The changes to the Agricultural Growth Act harmonize Canada with UPOV-91, bringing us in line with our competitors around the globe and allowing Canadian farmers improved access to agricultural innovation and technology.”
Of particular importance to grain farmers are the updated Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR). The modernized PBR’s signal opportunities for increased investments in plant breeding in Canada. For Ontario farmers, this will mean increased access to seed varieties and new seed genetics.
“Moving this bill into reality will help Ontario’s grain farmers remain competitive internationally while providing good and fuel for our province,” Says Brock. “We thank all those involved in the amendments to Bill C-18 and we look forward to supporting the government with its implementation.”