Liberal Kevin Aylward speaks with farmers Kristopher Fudge and Chris Oram in Wooddale Saturday morning. Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
The Liberals are pegging agriculture as a growth industry this election.
The party's bus rolled into Wooddale this morning where leader Kevin Aylward and candidate Merv Wiseman promoted their farming policy.
Wiseman is a former head of the provincial federation of agriculture.
Included in the Grit plan are a farm loan board, a northern berry centre of excellence, and a food security strategy.
Wiseman said over 90 per cent of the province's food is imported and there is only a four day supply of produce kept here.
He expressed concern about what would happen if shipping was disrupted.
"We will bring our food security in line with where it should be in this province," Wiseman said, standing in a carrot field.
Aylward noted agriculture's potential to provide jobs and economic development as well.
"It's time for us to focus on other things but the oil industry, which is doing us well but it's not long term in the sense of non-renewability," he said.
"We've got to get back to rural Newfoundland and Labrador and industries that can grow and employ our people."