Minister's Statement regarding Processing Tomato Negotiations
"I am pleased that Ontario's Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) and our three major tomato processors worked together to reach negotiated agreements for the 2017 growing season. I appreciate their hard work during the negotiating process to ensure a deal was reached for the parties involved.
I look forward to continuing to follow this matter as all parties continue to discuss long-term solutions and fulfill the directive I issued last August to develop a regulatory framework to achieve reform for the 2018 growing season and beyond. The work that has been done and continues to be done ensures we maintain regulated marketing in Ontario - a system our government continues to support and uphold - to ensure that high quality food is produced here in the province of Ontario for our consumers; that processing jobs are retained; and ultimately, that farmers, processors and consumers all benefit from this decision."
- Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
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