Quebec City, Que. – News of a $13-million investment in pork research was welcomed by the industry.
Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) received the investment from the federal government for its Science Cluster.
SIP says the investment will go toward supporting strategic research to enhance competitiveness, drive innovation and promote the long-term growth and sustainability of the Canadian swine industry.
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) founded the SIP, which was officially incorporated in 2010. CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada and is a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations.
“Swine Innovation Porc has become an organization with a deep understanding of science innovation that is relevant to its partners’ needs,” says Stewart Cressman, SIP’s Chair.
“The federal government’s contribution together with contributions from industry and direct investments from provincial pork industry groups to this cluster bring the total investment to $17 million.”
CPC adds the investment will help the research cluster to attract the best Canadian scientists. Jean-Guy Vincent, CPC’s chair, says the focus is on reducing cost and creating more innovation breakthroughs to strengthen the industry in Canada.
Fifteen research projects have been identified:
• Reducing production and feed costs
• Increasing product attributes and prices
• Accelerating knowledge transfer and
• Enhancing adaptability and sustainability