QUEEN’S PARK – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece recognized farmers’ contributions in a statement in the provincial legislature on Oct. 9.
Pettapiece, who also serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, spoke on behalf of the government.
He said he was proud to support farmers and Ontario’s agri-food sector, during Ontario Agriculture Week, Oct. 5 to 11.
“My predecessor the former MPP Bert Johnson took the initiative 22 years ago to establish Ontario Agriculture Week to set aside time to thank those who work hard every single day to grow some of the best food in the world that we get to enjoy every day here in Ontario,” Pettapiece stated.
“Each morning, farmers on nearly 50,000 farms across our province wake up to plant, grow and harvest the more than 200 varieties of food that are produced in Ontario annually.”
The MPP continued, “Ontario’s hardworking farmers continue to provide families with fresh fruits, vegetables, high quality meats, poultry and fish, as well as nutritious eggs and dairy, and delicious honey, maple syrup, and world-class wines. Now, more than ever, we must support local farmers and the communities that put food on our kitchen tables. When consumers choose local food, they are helping to build a strong farm and food sector, which supports good jobs throughout our province.
“During this year’s Agriculture Week—as much as any other time of year—we are grateful for what they do for this province, and as a government, we are proud to support them and our agri-food sector.”