Canada avails funds for three-year project to improve emergency management of livestock industry

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


May 17, 2022

 

Canada avails funds for three-year project to improve emergency management of livestock industry


 

Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of over $3 million for two projects to enhance emergency management, develop risk assessments and strategies to mitigate disease outbreaks.

 

Animal Health Canada (formally known as National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council) in Elora, Ontario, will receive up to $2,572,888, for a three-year project under the AgriAssurance Program to enhance Animal Health Emergency Management in provincial/national associations.

 

The project will help enhance the emergency management capabilities of Canada's livestock and poultry industries, to remain ready in the face of adverse events and a continually evolving disease landscape. Outcomes include addressing lessons learned from previous animal health emergencies, improving protocols and developing training and resources.

 

Swine Innovation Porc will receive up to $446,135 under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program to develop strategies to mitigate the impact of a potential African swine fever outbreak on the pork sector. This will help the industry prepare for a potential disease incursion and help manage surplus animals in the event of an outbreak.

 

Producers also have access to a comprehensive suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programmes to help them manage risks that threaten the viability of their farms.

 

AgriStability, one of the BRM programmes, protects Canadian producers against large declines in farming income for reasons such as production loss, disease outbreak, increased costs and changing market conditions.

 

To allow farmers more time to sign up and take advantage of the support available under the programme, Canadian authorities recently agreed to extend the deadline to enroll to June 30, 2022.


- Government of Canada

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