We have to keep our farmland because we lose 319 acres every day in Ontario. At this rate, we will not have any farms in a hundred years for our agricultural products.Vice President regrets Cam And Crispin Colvin.
Mr. Colvin, a farmer himself, owns 200 acres of land in London It grows mainly corn and soybeans.
” We need to preserve our agricultural lands to feed ourselves and the world. »
It is very important to be able to feed ourselves, especially since our population [ontarienne] It is growing, as is the world’s populationHe said.
according to Crispin ColvinVolkswagen’s new factory, announced in March, contributes to the loss of farmland.
And this is not just territory.
” It’s disappointing that this kind of development is happening in southwestern Ontario, simply because that’s where the best farmland is. »
We put this plant on our best farmland in the county. Our soils are well graded for Ontario, and the best soils are in the southwesthe adds.
According to the auto giant, the plant, which spans 370 acres, will account for 210 football fields.
The complete industrial park will cover an area of 1,500 acres. The farmer points out that more farmland should disappear because of the infrastructure that will follow the construction of the factory.
It’s not just the factory, but everything to come. We’ll have to build highways, homes and businesses. Another 2,000 acres are at risk of disappearingFind Crispin Colvin.
This plant is certainly a great achievement for the province in economic terms.He said.
But from an agricultural perspective, such industrial developments reduce our ability to be self-sufficient and produce the food our people need.
option St. Thomas The new plant is well thought out, according to the president of the Association of Auto Parts Manufacturers Flavio Volpe.
This is the best place for the plant. It is strategically located allowing easy access to transportation products to factories elsewhere in Ontario and North America.he explains.
Mr. Volpe also says there is a strong manufacturing culture in St. Thomas, as the city was once home to a car factory: the Ford plant, which closed in 2009.
” This project is of great importance for future generations in this region. »
St. ThomasIt’s a car city. Yes, the plant will cost farmland and I’m not excluding that, but when we see the benefits for that particular piece of land, in that city, there’s no doubt that it’s positive.says Flavio Volpi.
The Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedele, also confirms this St. Thomas One of the best locations for this factory, as the land is large and flat and close to the necessary services.
Crispin Colvin She understands the economic importance of owning a Volkswagen plant in Ontario. However, the farmer would have liked Volkswagen and the various governments to install it elsewhere in the county, such as in the east or in the north, where farmland is not as valuable.
economic benefits for the region
Above all, the plant represents significant economic benefits St. Thomas And about the southwest region, Minister Fedeli said.
The Volkswagen plant will create 3,000 direct jobs at Volkswagen in addition to 30,000 indirect jobs in the same sector, thanks to other companies that will be established in the region.He says.
” Every square centimeter of this land will be used to create jobs. It is very important. »
The federal government plans to invest $13 billion for the Volkswagen plant, while a $500 million investment will come from the provincial government.
For his part, Crispin Colvin from CamHe commends these investments to the automotive sector, but would like to see more investment to ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s agricultural sector.
If we take a small part of the investment for the battery factory and put it in the agricultural sector, to help small farmers get started in the field, I’m sure it would pay doubleHe said.
More than anything else, it will help us protect our lands.
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