Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick has issued the following statement recognizing the importance of workplace safety during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week:
“March 13 to 19 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, an opportunity to highlight the importance of farm safety while recognizing the hardworking men and women in our agriculture industry and the food supply security they provide us.
“All of us, including the B.C. government, WorkSafeBC and our provincial agrifood sector, share the goal of keeping B.C.’s farmers, ranchers and farm workers safe.
“I congratulate AgSafe and the BC Agriculture Council on their #AgSafetyChamp campaign that brings awareness to the importance of staying safe on the farm.
“B.C. agricultural workers can use the #AgSafetyChamp hashtag to share their safety tips and nominate their champion of agriculture safety.
“About 20,000 B.C. family farms produce more than 200 agriculture and agrifood commodities and the most important thing is that the thousands of people working on them go home safely every day.
“I encourage all those working on B.C. farms and ranches to take the time and care, do the important work you do safely and encourage all British Columbians to support B.C.’s agrifood sector by choosing products grown, raised and made in B.C.”