Proposed amendments to Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) and Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the board's name and change the structure of industry advisory committees for fresh market and processing fruit.
Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing)
Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan)
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Marketing Act
Summary of Decision:
On December 11, 2014, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (the "Commission") amended Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing) and Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the name of the board to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and amend the structures of the fresh market and processing advisory committees. The amendments to Regulation 434 were approved by the Minister on January 13, 2015. The regulations were filed on January 14, 2015 and came into force on filing.
September 19, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
All proposed amendments were approved by producers at the board's annual general meetings in March 2014.
The proposed amendments to Regulation 434 would change the board's name from Ontario Tender Fruit Producers' Marketing Board to Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. .
Industry Advisory Committees
Regulation 433) establishes two advisory committees: fresh market and processing. The committees provide a formal forum for the board and stakeholders to discuss issues.
a) Fresh Market Advisory Committee Structure
Dealer-shippers sell the vast majority of fresh fruit to retail businesses. As requested by the dealer-shippers, the proposed amendments would allow each licensed dealer-shipper to appoint one representative to the Fresh Market Advisory Committee rather than having the Canadian Produce Marketing Association appoint three members. The committee commonly deals with pricing, packaging, and promotion.
b) Processing Advisory Committee structure
Currently, Regulation 433 establishes one processing advisory committee for all tender fruit. As each type of fruit has different issues, one umbrella committee does not work well. The proposed amendments will allow the board to establish a processing advisory committee for each of peaches, pears, plums and cherries (sweet and sour).
Another proposed amendment would see the chair appointed by the local board rather than by the Commission. This is consistent with the appointment of the Fresh Market Advisory Committee chair. As this committee meets weekly during the season, it is not practical for a Commission member to chair the committee.
c) Proposed Amendments to both Processing and Fresh Market Advisory Committee structures
The board has requested that the appointment of advisory members expire at the first meeting of the advisory committee following the board's three annual general meetings of its districts in late March. Currently, appointments made for the previous season expire on May 15th. This would allow the committees to meet earlier in the season. Note, the board's three annual general meetings are held to cover its five districts.
Farm Products Marketing Commission
Address: 1 Stone Rd. W, Guelph
Phone: 519 826 3242
Fax: 519 826 3400
January 14, 2015