Quebec pig producers to receive PMWS aid
Quebec's pig farmers hit by PMWS are to receive a
CAD17.5m (US$17.2m) aid package involving direct aid and interest-free loans.
Announced in December last year, the package will be delivered in two parts.
The first aid package will be direct aid for PMWS-affected hog feeding
operations for farmers who have signed up for the federal and provincial
agricultural income stabilisation programmes, CAIS (known as PCSRA in Quebec)
and ASRA, for the programme year 2006.
Up to two-thirds of the value of the pigs affected by post-weaning
multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) will be covered by the aid due to be
paid out in February.
La Financiere Agricole, the provincial agricultural lending agency, will
oversee the programme.
The second part of the programme involves a 24-month interest-free period on
loans of up to CAD$50,000 (U$49,000) for pig producers whose herds were hit by
PMWS in 2006.
A 12-month interest-free period will be offered to hog farmers who took part
in the provincial aid programme for PMWS in 2005.
More information on the loan programme can obtained at a local Financiere
Agricole office according to the provincial government.
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