Small poultry producers don’t feel they are being listened to

Despite repeated representation efforts by the Cooperative for Ecological Proximity Agriculture and various associations representing small poultry producers, they are being ignored in decisions taken by the Régie des Marches Agricole et Alimentation du Québec, and feel a certain frustration. Its being done.

In a decision made last December, the Régie des marchés agricole et alimentaires du Québec (RMMAQ) decided to include. mycoplasma synovia On the list of diseases that must be declared to Quebec Hatching Egg Producers (POIQ).

However, producers outside the quota, i.e. producing less than 6,000 hatching eggs, consider it unfair to submit such accounts to the POIQ when they are not involved in its joint planning, and are not democratically represented there. is done.

The wording of the decision given by RMMAQ confuses them and appears to present a certain inconsistency. In fact, the POIQ joint plan was modified to include mycoplasma synovia The list of diseases that producers producing eggs from chickens of recognized breeds must declare to POIQ includes, “so as not to be covered by the joint scheme”, specifies the decision.

Léon Bibeau-Mercier, President of the Ecological Local Agricultural Cooperative

Mr Bibeau-Mercier explains that small egg producers feel neglected. In 2022, a brief was submitted by CAPÉ to RMMAQ, followed by a letter outlining their disappointment with the decision taken the previous autumn. CAPÉ particularly condemned the fact that “the Regie has decided to approve once again proposals on which those concerned were unable to comment”. It seems that none of these viewpoints have been heard.

biosecurity question

Marie-Eve Bordeaux, General Director of POIQ, explains the context in which the decision to add RMMAQ has been taken. mycoplasma synovia Has been included in the list of notified diseases.

Since 2019, we’ve been working on updating our rules like never before. Other diseases are already noticeable, so it is combined with other diseases. For us, this is a biosecurity issue, and it should be important to all breeders.

Marie-Eve Bordeaux, Director General of POIQ

She explains that producers outside the quota, that is, producers producing fewer than 6,000 hatching eggs, must already report to POIQ. “To be excluded from the joint scheme, the manufacturer itself has to make a request. ,

Léon Bibeau-Mercier believes that many opportunities were missed by the RMMAQ and POIQ to take into account the reality of small producers. “Every five years, Reggie jointly evaluates the plan, issues and things that can be improved to adapt to the growth and market context. The exercise was scheduled for late 2022, early 2023. Over the past months, we had a lot of conversations with Reggie, and the reality of small producers and alternative breeds outside of quotas was highlighted. However, when we read the Joint Plan Evaluation Report, nothing is mentioned in it. We talk about the traditional circuit with hatcheries, but we do not talk about all the points that were argued before Reggie and that relate to producers outside the quota. ,

According to CAPÉ’s president, these issues go far beyond wars of market interest or rivalry between producers. Everyone can benefit from taking into account the reality of small poultry farmers. “For example, we must consider genetic diversity. Currently, most of the lines produced by egg hatching producers are licensed and come from the United States, on which we are completely dependent. There are issues that, if addressed, could strengthen the resilience of everyone, including producers, under quotas, whereas at the moment, these issues are completely buried under the rug. ,

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