Toronto – At an annual event in Toronto, the pork industry found out it’s receiving nearly $2 million from the federal government.
At Canada Pork International’s Annual Meeting, Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz announced the investment.
Here’s how it breaks down:
The Canada Pork Council will receive up to $1.6 million. This amount is to go toward the ongoing maintenance and implementation of PigTrace Canada, an industry-led national swine traceability system.
“Today’s announcement will go a long way in helping the pork industry continue its implementation of a world-class traceability system and making traceability a feasible and valuable tool for Canadian producers,” says Normand Martineau, CPC’s Traceability Implementation Committee chair.
The Canadian Swine Health Board will receive up to $351,000 in additional federal funding. This amount is to go toward assisting the industry with the long-term management of swine health issues and the prevention of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).