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Announcement looms on meat processing regulations

North Okanagan farmers may finally know if they can slaughter meat on their own and conduct farm-gate sales.

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick will provide details on a new provincial meat inspection system at the Schubert Centre Friday at 2 p.m.

"The  announcement will include specific details to benefit North Okanagan small farm owners," states a government media advisory.

The number of North Okanagan producers has gone from 1,200 to 300 since meat processing regulations came into force in 2007.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has stated that the current rules have had a negative impact on families and the local economy.

The regional district’s Electoral Area Advisory Committee recently voted to write the provincial government and demand slaughter licences for North Okanagan farmers.

 

 

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