Farmers’ cheques can’t get derailed
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 12:23 pm
Rail companies and all levels of government need to sit down to find a quick resolution to the backlog of grain sitting in bins and elevators across the prairies, waiting to be transported to ports on the coast.
Without a little help, some farmers will have to dig deeper in their pockets, before they start working the land this spring.
Despite bumper-like crops, some producers are waiting for payday because their product sits, and sits, and sits.
Provincial and federal governments could take steps to help farmers get through by providing low, or no-interest loans to those who need it or other unique financial solutions to put some cash in farmerís hand. This could help farmers get through until they get paid for their crops. Fortunately, this seems to be the direction the government is heading.
Farmers are going to be feeling it in a couple months as they gear up for this yearís growing season and the government will need to be swift. The effects of the transportation problems are felt all across the supply chain, from equipment providers to fertilizer companies.
The larger problem of why the rail system has failed farmers has to be dealt with as, hopefully, there are big crops to come.
First, the federal and provincial governments need to make sure farmers can get seeds in the ground and can feed their families.