Farmers and farm workers in Saskatchewan are calling for fair and reasonable prices for meat, milk and eggs.
The province is trying to meet a demand for more produce.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says the province’s latest price increase is not acceptable and will hurt Saskatchewan’s dairy industry.
“It’s a total lack of transparency,” said Dave Giesbrecht, a farmer in the St. Lawrence Valley.
“It’s disappointing that it’s happening to us, because we’ve been farmers and farmers for 50 years.
I’m going to continue to work to make sure we get the best product we can get.”
Giesbredt said he was surprised by the price increase, which has hit his prices in the past.
Giesbecht said he pays $50 a kilogram for his produce and he has been able to increase his profits by at least 30 per cent.
He says the cost of his products is going up too, which is not good.
“I’m a farmer and I want to see prices rise,” Giesbecht said.
A statement from the Saskatchewan Federation of Farmers says it supports the provincial government’s decision to introduce a price freeze, but it is “difficult to understand why a higher price is being imposed upon us.”
The federation said farmers have had a hard time finding enough produce to meet the new prices.
“We are concerned that if we are forced to lower our prices to meet these new standards, we will have to reduce our production in order to meet our needs,” the statement said.
Giesbyt says he and other farmers have been losing ground.
This past year he lost $2,500 a year on his farm.
“We were growing $10,000 in a week,” he said.
“You’re losing $2 a week, but at least it’s a dollar.
It’s not like you’re making $3,000.”