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WHITEHORSE – During the pandemic, disruptions to supply chains have emphasized the importance of local food production. Yukoners want to see more food and agriculture products grown locally rather than relying on shipments from thousands of kilometres away.
“Yukon farmers, gardeners, processers, and retailers are doing a great job increasing local production of food,” said Lake Laberge Candidate Brad Cathers. “A Yukon Party government will provide our agriculture sector with the supports they need to grow this part of our economy and increase the Yukon’s self-sufficiency in food production.”
To help achieve this, a Yukon Party government will:
- Support the Yukon Agricultural Association, Growers of Organic Food Yukon, and the Fireweed Community Market.
- Give preference to purchasing locally grown food for government facilities.
- Make it easier to build by implementing a farm building code based on best practices in other Canadian jurisdictions.
- Work with federal regulators to ensure our regulatory system enables producers to grow and expand.
- Develop an Agriculture Production Tax Credit to encourage farming.
- Work with farmers and hunters to revise the elk management plan to provide hunting opportunities and improve protection of farmland.
- Set aside recent changes to agriculture development rules that were imposed without public consultation.
- Provide for public consultation to review the Agriculture Policy.
- Work with the agriculture sector to reduce red tape and improve regulations.
- Make new agricultural land available for farmers.
“We want to ensure agriculture has a fertile future in the Yukon,” added Cathers. “By enhancing food security and growing our economy, our plan for the “Yukon Grown” sector will be a double win for the Yukon.”
The 2021 territorial general election will be held on Monday, April 12. Advanced polling dates have been announced for Sunday, April 4 and Monday, April 5, 2021.
To learn more about the Yukon Party and its campaign outlining Action for a Change, please visit www.yukonparty.ca.
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