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Members of agri-business view AgriStability as a program that requires immediate changes within agro-business sector. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) makes agri-business survey on its members on the issues affecting their agri-business industry. Surveys are carried out twice a year by Agri-Business Bottom Line (ABBL) to obtain their contributions on the significant agri-business issues. The ABBL focus on issues such as the qualified labor shortage, environmental farm planning and border issues. The report has some of the issues raised by the agri-business members on the role of different programs that I both agree and disagree with a number of others.
I agree with what the Canadian government is doing in helping their agri-business members. Agri-business is essential because it contributes positively to the local economies. Given the essentials of agri-business in the economy, the government implemented policies and programs that meet the needs of the agri-businesses. The role of the government includes taxation systems, taking responsive agri-business risk managements, environmental planning and ensuring competitive controls .They introduced agri-business risk management plans that are directed towards protecting business members from encountering losses (Labbie, 2010).
However, many agri-business members were not satisfied with the long-term programs under the business risk-management. This is because programs such as the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) that was a pillar for Agricultural Policy Framework did not achieve its goals (Labbie, Policy Analyst, Saskatchewan and Agri-Business, 2008). They introduced long-term business risk management and failed to integrate stabilization. The Canadian producers were not satisfied with this program because they could not protect them from uncertainties. The CFIB carried out the survey on the reasons for the dissatisfaction of those members participating in the CAIS and the results were used by the government in implementing changes.
The latest survey of agri-business across Canada rated numerous aspects of CFIB. It has many problems unlike the CAIS program within the AgriStability areas. The CFIB has poor customer care, poor timeline issues and its financial issues are unpredictable (Labbie, Agri-business and Policy Analyst, 2010). I agree with this issue because many programs emerge to help small businesses but they fail to fulfill their objectives. They even provide poor services to their members thus making the small business to operate at losses due to poor risk managements. Producers need something that is more responsive given the challenges they undergo. If the programs respond slowly to their problems, they lose hope and move to something more helpful.
I disagree with the issue of AgriStability because it is complicated and does not provide a clear response. The report indicates some entrepreneurs arguing on the inadequate work done by the agricultural ministers in business risk management. In fact, AgriStability needs to be easily predictable, transparent, timely and easily accessible. Small business should adopt CFIB programs and the government should help them by taking serious actions. The report indicates that CFIB works better with programs of business risk management (Labbie, 2010). However, producers argue that there is lack of government action to make this program to succeed.
It is true that government programs work better than the private programs. Even though the government cannot solve the problems that affect agri-business globally, they can take certain actions to improve the environmental conditions of agri-business operation. Consequently, they can implement programs such as AgriStability into farmer-friendly. The last resort is the use of risk management tools even if producers would not need them. The tools should be available, more simple, predictable and timely. This is because the producers want to improve their living standards from the market place.
The information that I found useful and applicable is business risk management by agri-business members. Federal governments have tried to solve the issue of risk that agri-business face but they have not yet made any meaningful changes. In Canada, most agri-business owners identify different problems that they face within AgriStability areas. The issues are solved by the government who in turn take serious actions directed towards AgriStability changes. The government provides risk management tools as the last option in solving the challenges that agri-business members face. Nationally, the agri-business members believe that that the government program in business risk management should be responsible for the protection of farm disaster.
I will recommend the report for reading to a small business owner because they mostly face challenges in the business sector. The economy is facing tough challenges in the business sector and mostly the small business are the ones affected most than the big businesses. The increasing number of small businesses faces economic uncertainties therefore a good place to begin with is to read this report in order to know what they should do. They should identify the criteria being used and examine the numbers of their production and sales reports more closely. Later, they should compare the past and the recent reports to know if they are making profits or they are risking their business. The last option is to reassess their reports and make changes where necessary in order to create results that are more profitable in a challenging economy.
In conclusion, the federal government plays a greater role in the strategic review of Business Risk Management in the agri-business sector. Other programs such AgriStability, Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization and other programs join with CFIB to determine issues facing agri-business members. The federal government plays a greater role in gathering timely information and makes surveys on agri-business daily operation. The CFIB provides excellent information to the government for further clarification and developing agricultural policies in Canada. The information given is essential because it identifies the problems and seeks the way forward to reduce business risks.
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