The Canadian and Manitoba governments are investing more than $1.1 million over five years in the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) to deliver the Farm Safety Program and to develop safety tools, training and resources for farmers in Manitoba, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.
“Our government acknowledges the importance of raising awareness regarding farm workplace hazards in order to prevent and reduce injuries,” said MacAulay. “Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are investing in the continued development and delivery of farm safety oriented programs and training that will make working and living on Manitoba farms safer for all.”
The Manitoba Farm Safety Program is a continuation of a three year Growing Forward 2 – Growing Actions project. This continuation will fulfil the development and delivery of safety training, tools and resources in the agriculture sector.
“Farming continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada, with risk of injuries increasing with the use of heavy machinery, working with livestock, fatigue and extreme weather conditions,” said Eichler. “The Farm Safety Program will enable Manitoba farms to establish on-farm safety programs to keep their families, their workers and themselves safe while operating their businesses.”
The program will continue to be administered by KAP, with design and development of the program being guided by the Farm Safety Council. The Farm Safety Council consist of representatives from a number of stakeholders including members appointed by Manitoba’s farm commodity associations, including ManitobaPork Council, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Egg Farmers, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.
“Safe practices on our farms is paramount to the safety of our producers, our employees and our families,” said KAP president Bill Campbell. “I encourage all farmers to take advantage of this programming to prevent injuries and accidents in our workplace.”