Canadian pork sector to receive $6.1 million funding
Safety, animal welfare and traceability are the sectors that will benefit from financial support from the Canadian government in the next months, announced the Canadian Pork Council after the annual Spring Meeting.
During the event in Ottawa, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau declared that $6.1 million will be invested in three components that comprise the Canada Pork Excellence platform: PigSAFE, PigCARE and PigTRACE. The Canadian pork industry’s PigSAFE and PigCARE programs are on-farm food safety and animal care assurance programs that enable producers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable pork production. PigTRACE, the national traceability program is critical in quickly-managing a disease outbreak.
“We’d like to thank Minister Bibeau for taking the time to meet with pork producers and leaders of the industry. The projects announced will further strengthen the Canadian Pork Excellence platform and contribute to growing the Canadian economy,” explains Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council Chair.
The funding for these leading-edge programs ensure producers will have the tools to implement them on-farm. The support for traceability, the funding will enable the development of more efficient ways for producers to submit data and the identification of more effective ways to utilize the data. The Canadian Pork Council received $3.5 Million under AgriAssurance for PigSAFE | PigCARE and $354,000 for PigTRACE. In addition, the Minister also took the opportunity to announce $1,093,730 under AgriScience program for a research project coordinated by the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement.