Canada: pig farmers receive aid for vaccinations
The Canadian government announced yesterday that
CAD$25m (US$25.4m) will be put aside in a special Circovirus Inoculation Program
(CIP) for pig owners and herd managers.
Under the new program, an application for funds can be made for those pig
owners or farm managers whose animals were part of a herd in the period March 1,
2006 to December 31, 2008 in order to cover the costs of diagnostic testing.
Should any animal test positive for
any porcine circovirus-associated diseases (PCVAD2), the producer will be
entitled to reimbursement of the vaccination costs.
In addition, 50% of expenses for testing will be covered by the programme
involving amounts of: CAD$150 (US$152) per test. Maximum assistance for testing
and vaccination is $500,000 (US$508,000) per applicant. Canadian pig farmers
identified on government and industry lists will be forwarded application forms.
The deadline for applications for funding is December 31, 2008.
PCVAD2 covers a number of diseases related to the
pork circovirus 2 such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and multisystemic wasting
(PMWS) . New outbreaks of the diseases attributed to PCVAD2
have been noted in Western Canada.
Clare Schlegel, president of the Canadian Pork Council, commented that the
economic impacts of the outbreaks have been "severe". This CIP funding program
represents the first phase in a four-year funding commitment of CAD$76m (US$77m)
to combat disease and enable the pig sector to prosper.
â€¢ Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
â€¢ Canadian Pork Council
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