30 Percent Fertilizer Emissions Reduction

Res #: 23-22M
Number: 23
Year: 2022
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS the Federal Government is planning to reduce fertilizer emissions by 30% by 2030 for Canadian agri-businesses.

WHEREAS Saskatchewan is an agriculturally based province, and such a reduction will have a major impact on food production and farm viability.

WHEREAS nitrogen fertilizer is an essential component for the farmers of Saskatchewan to produce agri-food products.

WHEREAS the farm sector has been singled out for emission reductions.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Federal Government to reconsider implementing the 30% reduction in fertilizer emissions by 2030 because of the detrimental effects that this policy has on the farming economy and food production.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

January 18, 2023

I want to thank SARM for your resolution and support on this issue. As you know, we are staunchly opposed to any mandated absolute reduction in fertilizer use. Canada’s target is not possible without a significant decrease in crop yields and food production, significant costs to producers and a serious decline in the global competitiveness of our sector. 

The Honourable David Marit – Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture