March 12, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued today by Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette to mark Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 14 - 20:
The purpose of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is to promote the importance of safe farming practices.
The 2010 Canadian Agricultural Safety Week marks the launch of a three-year Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign, which is co-ordinated by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. The campaign theme is Plan, Farm, Safety, and this, the first year, will focus on Plan.
The first step for producers to take in managing potential hazards on the farm is to plan. With careful risk assessments and proper planning, producers will improve safety practices from the onset of operations.
In New Brunswick, 14,500 people work in the agriculture industry - 8,000 in primary production and more than 6,500 in secondary packaging and processing. They work in an industry that is extremely important to our province's economic base and to its social fabric. It is critical that we ensure that their workplaces are safe.
Farm safety is crucial to observe every day. By planning and taking simple measures, we can lessen serious injuries that can have devastating and even fatal results.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association organizes the Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in partnership with Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The New Brunswick Agricultural Alliance is a strong advocate of on-farm safety and actively supports the Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign.