Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) welcomes Budget 2022 and is pleased to see the provincial government address key advocacy issues that have been raised by KAP over the years.
“The announcement of increasing the Education Property Tax Rebate to 37.5% for 2022 and 50% for 2023 is welcome news for Manitoba farmers,” said KAP president Bill Campbell. “KAP will continue to lobby for the complete removal of the education property tax from all farm property.”
Manitoba farmers require an efficient and effective transportation network to meet the modern demands of agriculture. The capital investment of $407 million into highway infrastructure is much needed funding to improve and maintain this critical supply chain component.
“Access to affordable and accessible childcare in rural areas has been an ongoing concern for young Manitoba farmers. KAP is encouraged by the news of investments into childcare aimed at improving affordability and accessibility of a much-needed service for Manitoba farm families,” stated Campbell.
Finally, given the labor shortage in agriculture KAP supports the province’s $5 million investment in attracting newcomers. KAP is looking forward to 2023 where we are hopeful that the insights gained from the Manitoba Immigration Advisory Council will lead to additional investments in labor and immigration.