Jeff Bereza, the newly elected MLA for Portage la Prairie, was recently selected for a new role as the Shadow Minister of Agriculture. With 27 years of experience in the agriculture industry, he says that he is passionate about the sector and its role in Manitoba's economy.
Bereza stressed the importance of agriculture in driving Manitoba's economy and the often-underestimated significance of farmers as key contributors.
"Way more than a lot of people realize is that our farmers are some of the largest business people in Manitoba and I never want that forgotten about," Bereza explains. "The other thing, too, is that Manitoba truly is the breadbasket of the world. I believe we have so much potential. I think my job as Shadow Minister for Agriculture will be to make sure that we let everybody know that there is a Manitoba outside of the perimeter, and the business that is created outside of the perimeter by our agriculture field is absolutely second to none."
Bereza has a history with his counterpart, Ron Kostyshyn, the NDP Minister of Agriculture, having known him from his time on City Council and the municipal board.
To stay informed and make informed decisions, Bereza is in the process of gathering data from various sources, including past administrator activities and insights from agricultural groups such as the Keystone Agricultural Producers, 4-H associations, and the Beef Producers of Manitoba. His aim is to understand the policies and history of agriculture in Manitoba, recognizing its vital role in the province's economy.
Bereza confirmed his commitment to staying updated on new agricultural policies and developments, reflecting his dedication to shaping the future of agriculture in Manitoba.
"I can't stress enough how big the agriculture sector is to our economy in Manitoba," Bereza shares. "I want to make sure that we do not leave any stone unturned; that every opportunity for agriculture makes sure that it makes a stop here in Manitoba."
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