07/20/2015 02:46 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Report by industry members recommends grain transportation system improvements

WINNIPEG - A committee looking at how to improve the grain transportation system says the federal government should give the Canadian Transportation Agency more powers.

The idea is one of eight key recommendations in a report prepared by grain industry members as Ottawa reviews the Canada Transportation Act.

Other recommendations include making the rail market more transparent, keeping better track of grain movement volumes and increasing protection and support for producer car and other small shippers.

The committee was lead by Murdoch MacKay, commissioner with the Canadian Grain Commission.

Last year the federal government responded to complaints from Prairie grain farmers about rail service backlogs by introducing minimum grain volume requirements to help move crops to international markets.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the new report by the Crop Logistics Working Group will help the government improve the transportation system so that crops get to market quickly and efficiently.

"Working with industry to strengthen the entire supply chain ensures Canada’s grain sector is well positioned for long term growth and sustainability,” Ritz said Monday in a release. (CKRM, The Canadian Press)