Chicken farmers cut production, but no aid sought

Canada’s chicken farmers have reduced production but won’t be asking for financial help from government, says the Chicken Farmers of Canada.

“We’ll take care of this ourselves,” said Benoît Fontaine, the organization’s chair. However, chicken farmers may have to “depopulate flocks” if there’s an escalation in slaughter plant closures and should that happen, they want government to cover the cost of the birds, he said.

Nationally, chicken producers have reduced production by 12.6 per cent for this month and June, and are expecting most of the reduction will continue through the summer because of reduced demand from the food-service sector.

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