The government in Manitoba, Canada is halting additional development in the hog sector. While it's cited as a temporary ban, the government says it's due to water-quality concerns in the province.

By singling out pork producers, the provincial government has damaged a very sustainable and profitable industry, says Karl Kynoch, Manitoba Pork Council chairman. “This announcement came as quite a surprise to us,” he adds. “We are gravely concerned that our industry is being unfairly targeted.”

Previous activities in this area, involving consultants and various industries, has identified water quality as a concern and priority.

“Hog producers have become the scapegoat for water quality concerns,” says Kynoch. “This will have a very negative impact not only on our industry and the 15,000 people it employs, but on all other industries dependent on a vibrant agricultural sector and on Manitoba as a whole.”

The hog industry contributes $1 billion to the Manitoba economy each year – the largest
source of farm cash receipts of any agricultural commodity sold in Manitoba. Manitoba Pork Council represents 1,400 hog producers.

Manitoba hog producers are committed to the environment and follow comprehensive and strict environmental laws, rules and regulations, notes Kynoch. “Manitoba hog producers are good stewards of the land and are committed to protecting the environment,” he says. “We are confident that the CEC review will prove that the hog industry in Manitoba is responsible and environmentally sustainable.”

Source: Manitoba Pork/ News release