Saskatchewan’s general farm group is disappointed with Ottawa’s carbon tax rebate plan.
APAS president Todd Lewis says the plan is disappointing even though fuel used in farm trucks and machinery is exempt.
He says other farm inputs like fertilizer, farm chemicals and rail shipments will rise in price.
He adds farmers are big consumers of fertilizers and even plastic.
He says products like chemical jugs and grain bags will all have hidden higher costs.
Lewis says farmers should be recognized for the role they already play in reducing emissions through existing carbon sinks like wetlands and grasslands.
The federal carbon tax will be implemented next April and add 4.5 cents a litre to gas, 3.9 cents a meter for natural gas and 3.1 cents a litre for propane.
In return, the average family can expect a federal cheque of about 600 dollars a year.