The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance says it is no surprise to see grain movement cancelled this season for the port of Churchill.
Spokesperson Kyle Korneychuk says the major grainhandling companies have no interest in the small volume terminal and rail line because they have no ownership in the facility.
He says farmers are being forced to pay higher freight costs to move their grain to market with the closure of the port of Churchill.
Korneychuk says the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance frequently warned in submissions to the Harper Government that the giant private grain handling companies would abandon the port of Churchill.
He says it doesn’t make sense for one company to arbitrarily decide one of the cheapest ports will not be used for grain exports.
Korneychuk says the former CWB had no conflict of interest in using whatever port would return the greatest value to producers and Churchill was one of those ports.
He says the grain companies now dictate where grain goes through their own terminals.
Korneychuk says the businesses are working to make a profit, not returning the maximum value to prairie grain farmers.