Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Support for ASF measures increases

The federal and Ontario governments are providing close to another $3 million to help the pork industry step up its vigilance against African Swine Fever.

The previous 35 per cent level of matching funds is being increased to 50 per cent.

Starting November 5, funding will be offered to Ontario pork producers, processors and other agri-businesses to support their training, education and planning, as well as for supply and infrastructure investments and modifications needed to strengthen swine-related operations, support industry businesses, and protect the herds and livelihoods of Ontario pork producers. 

“We know how hard Ontario pork producers work to keep such high standards for safety” said the federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. 

"In the wake of growing concerns since African swine fever has been detected in the Caribbean, this funding will support new measures that protect the prosperity and resiliency of the entire sector."

Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson said “our role in government is not just to react to what happens in Ontario but to also be proactive to help mitigate risks to our agri-food sector and our food supply.

“The recent detection of African swine sever in the Caribbean and the devastating impacts it has had in Europe and Asia is a good reminder to tighten protections all along the pork industry value chain to try to prevent the introduction of the disease which would lead to significant market and trade disruptions.”