Ot­tawa pro­vides $1.5 mil­lion for pork in­dus­try re­search

The Woolwich Observer - - RURAL CONNECTIONS -

THE FED­ERAL GOVERN­MENT IS in­vest­ing up to $1.5 mil­lion in the Cana­dian Pork Coun­cil (CPC) to adopt a virus de­tec­tion sys­tem to sup­port an­i­mal health.

Funded un­der the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship’s AgriAs­sur­ance Pro­gram, the virus de­tec­tion sys­tem will en­able the CPC to pro­vide con­sis­tent in­for­ma­tion on the health sta­tus of the hog pop­u­la­tion across the coun­try, track early dis­ease warn­ing signs, and rapidly iden­tify new and emerg­ing dis­eases in the sec­tor be­fore they spread.

“Cana­dian pork pro­duc­ers wel­come this in­vest­ment in re­search and devel­op­ment from the Govern­ment of Canada in the area of swine health. This pro­ject will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive tests to lab­o­ra­to­ries and will help vet­eri­nar­i­ans and pro­duc­ers man­age the Cana­dian hog herd. Fur­ther­more, us­ing the data ob­tained through this pro­ject to in­form dis­ease sur­veil­lance ac­tiv­i­ties will greatly ben­e­fit the in­dus­try and help pre­pare for dis­ease mit­i­ga­tion,” said CPC chair Rick Bergmann in a re­lease fol­low­ing last week’s an­nounce­ment.

The Canada Pork Coun­cil is a not-for-profit na­tional in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tion with a mem­ber­ship that in­cludes nine provin­cial as­so­ci­a­tions rep­re­sent­ing 7,000 hog pro­duc­ers

Canada’s hog sec­tor, which in­cludes more than 8,000 hog farms, ac­counted for $4.5 bil­lion in farm re­ceipts and $4 bil­lion in pork ex­ports in 2017.

Canada is the sev­enth largest pork pro­ducer in the world, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately two per cent of global pro­duc­tion. The fund­ing from Ot­tawa is part of its ef­fort to help the sec­tor meet the goal to grow Canada’s agri­cul­ture and food ex­ports to $75 bil­lion by 2025.


A new fed­eral grant will help pork pro­duc­ers adopt a virus de­tec­tion sys­tem to im­prove the health of their an­i­mals. There are some 8,000 hog farms in the coun­try.

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