Canada: $76 m to combat disease in hog sector
The Canadian Pork Industry
is positive that a programme will help swine producers fight the devastating effects
of emerging diseases. The $76 m package was developed by Agriculture and
The package, put together in consultation with an industry
task team, is aimed at battling disease in Canada's hog industry, specifically
Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease (PCVAD).
"It arose out of the Porcine Circovirus Associated
Diseases that have been common in the industry now for about two or three years
and have been causing a lot of problems, a lot of economic loss, for farmers,
particularly in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec but in other provinces as
well," said Bill Schissel, director of the Disaster
Programme Details Still Being Finalised
AAFC is working with the
industry task team to finalise details of the $76 million package.
Schissel has said its intent is to help producers identify whether
they have the disease and support them with vaccinating their herds so an
inoculation strategy is part of it.
The longer term components include: Funding for
research to find out how the disease is transmitted and the Canadian pig herd
became infected; Developing biosecurity best practices with the intent of
implementing national standards to combat diseases, both Circovirus and other
emerging diseases; and Implementing a long term surveillance strategy to help
identify emerging diseases.
"We're hoping to be able to roll out the inoculation strategy over the next
four to five months. And the longer term pieces, the research, the biosecurity
best practices and the longer term surveillance strategy we hope to be able to
put that in place over a four year time frame," said Schissel.
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