AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Co-operation Key to Beef IndustryImprovements Nova Scotia will work more co-operatively with Prince EdwardIsland and New Brunswick to improve the beef industry, Chrisd’Entremont, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries,said today, Sept. 22, following the annual meeting of federal,provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture. “One of the big challenges we face in Nova Scotia is the need toincrease our slaughter capacity so that we have a place to sendboth our beef and dairy cattle,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “I thinktogether we can make some positive things happen for our cattleproducers.” Ministers gathered in Brudenell, P.E.I. from Sept. 20 to 22 todiscuss advancing the federal cattle strategy to repositionCanada’s cattle and ruminant industry. Announced on Sept. 10, thestrategy looks at the long-term viability of the industry byincreasing slaughter capacity, sustaining the cattle industryuntil capacity comes online and expanding access to exportmarkets for both livestock and beef products. “There needs to be some flexibility within the strategy, becauseeach province’s issues are not the same and they requiredifferent solutions,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Ministers reviewed Canada’s response to BSE and will examineshort and long-term options for the handling, alternate use, anddisposal of animal waste. They also discussed the costsassociated with the cattle strategy and agreed to continue towork together to address this important concern. Other discussions resulted in the establishment of an annualreview process of the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF).Ministers also agreed to extend the 1/3 simplified deposit forthe Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program for the2004 stabilization year, and to extend the deadline by whichdeposits must be made to March 31, 2005.