A well-recognized face is returning as Manitoba’s agriculture minister.
Ralph Eichler, who served as the province’s ag minister from 2016 to 2019, has been sworn in as minister of agriculture and useful resource growth as a part of a small cupboard shuffle introduced by Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday (July 15).
Eichler replaces his successor and long-time PC MLA colleague, Blaine Pedersen.
The cupboard shuffle adopted the resignation of former Indigenous relations minister Eileen Clarke earlier this week. Pallister thanked Clarke and Pedersen for his or her service as members of cupboard since 2016, in a information launch.
The province mentioned Eichler has been given an instantaneous precedence to develop drought aid assist for farmers and ranchers.
Eichler served as minister of financial growth and jobs during the last two years, a portfolio that noticed him concerned in efforts to draw and assist value-added processing amenities to the province, such as the Roquette pea plant at Portage. The financial growth portfolio has been given to MLA Jon Reyes.
Manitoba farm teams are welcoming Eichler’s return to his former publish.
“Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) congratulates Ralph Eichler on his appointment to cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development. We look forward to working with him to grow Manitoba’s agricultural industry,” says KAP president Invoice Campbell, in a press release. “KAP would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Blaine Pedersen, outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development. As a producer and advocate, MLA and cabinet minister, we have appreciated Minister Pedersen’s passion and engagement and wish him the best.”
“Minister Eichler has a strong grasp of agriculture and rural issues,” notes Rick Préjet, chair of Manitoba Pork, in a press release additionally thanking Pedersen for his service.
Federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers from throughout the nation are holding a digital assembly on Thursday the place it’s anticipated they’ll focus on methods to coordinate drought aid, as effectively as the continued consultations and negotiations to replace AgriStability and different enterprise danger administration applications.
The ministers are scheduled to satisfy in-person in Guelph in September to debate priorities for the following five-year ag coverage framework, assuming a federal election has not been referred to as earlier than then.