Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Release of internal Red Tape Review report (02/11/27)

NB 1177

Nov. 27, 2002

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Rodney Weston today released the report and the department's response to an internal Red Tape Review of issues related to the primary agriculture sector in New Brunswick.

"I am pleased to table today the report of the agriculture Red Tape Review and the departmental response," Weston said. "Of the 22 recommendations that were produced, 17 are fully supported by government with implementation plans currently underway and one recommendation has support in principle."

The findings of the Red Tape Review for the NB Agriculture Industry were compiled from 60 key informant interviews, nine public meetings and a number of briefs, faxes and e-mails. Recommendations ranged from the establishment of a strategic planning process for the development of a positive vision and long term direction for agriculture in New Brunswick to making all application forms available online.

"The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture shared the report and departmental response with the Agricultural Producers Association of New Brunswick and the Fédération des agriculteurs et agricultrices francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick," the minister said. "The two groups assured us of their enthusiasm and support in developing plans to implement the supported recommendations."

Most recommendations are internal to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture with some relating to other provincial departments. The report was shared with several government departments for review. Recommendations that could not be supported were issues not related to red tape or that involved policy matters.

The following are available online: a copy of the report http://www.gnb.ca/0027/20/finaleng.pdf and the department's response, http://www.gnb.ca/0027/20/response_e.pdf.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.

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