April 21, 2014


Canada's Saskatchewan allocates US$363,000 to fight deadly pig virus



In case a deadly pig virus hits the province, Canada's Saskatchewan hog producers will have a contingency fund of CAD200,000 (US$181,000) from the federal and provincial governments and the same amount from the Saskatchewan Pork.


The money will be used to offset costs if porcine epidemic diarrhoea, or PED, hits Saskatchewan.


The disease has wiped out millions of pigs elsewhere in North America.


The provincial government says it has also set aside CAD90,000 (US$82,000) for the surveillance of PED at high-risk sites including assembly yards, abattoirs, renderers and truck facilities.