PEI Federation Remarks – Docherty Court Case – July 3, 2019
Delivered by President David Mol
The PEI Federation of Agriculture stood here a little over six months ago and called upon both levels of Government to do more. It called upon both levels of Government to work with the farming community to keep farmers out of court rooms. We stand here today, to echo the PEI Potato Board’s words and call on Government once again to find another way.
The PEI Federation of Agriculture also stands here today supportive of Sky View Farms and the Docherty family.
The farming community strongly supports environmental protection – and believes all people have an important role to play. The farming community does not condone reckless disregard for the environment. We believe farmers, including Sky View Farms, put forward their best efforts to minimize or eliminate risk and harm to the environment.
We are concerned and are standing up for what we feel is unfair treatment, stress and hardship. Farmers are facing extremely heavy rainfall within short time frames – in this case, over 3 inches in a little over an hour. Extreme weather events will continue to challenge our laws, and our regulations while farmers will continue to find themselves defending their name and their business until things change.
The Federation encourages both levels of Government to look at this case, learn from it, and put future resources towards working together to find ways to effectively deal with extreme weather events.
The Federation is a willing and eager partner in finding the alternative measures the system desperately needs as we move forward. The court room is not where these problems will be solved and certainly not where the finite resources of both Government and the farming community should be focused. Let’s fix this problem together.