Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay set off on a cross-Canada trek this week, and will be making a series of stops — and expected funding announcements — along the way. The announced funds are part of the overall funding previously committed to the five-year federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). We’re now finding out where these funds will be allocated.
To that end, Minister MacAulay on Tuesday morning announced $12.7 million in funding for Swine Innovation Porc under CAP’s AgriScience cluster program. The investment is the first of a series of AgriScience Clusters to be announced under CAP, says AAFC.
Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit research corporation, will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to the Swine Research and Development Cluster for a total value of up to $18.5 million.
Canada’s pork and hog sector generated farm cash receipts reaching $4.5 billion in 2017.
What’s a cluster?
AgriScience Clusters are intended to “mobilize partnerships among industry, government and academia to address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope in the agriculture sector.”
$338 million over five years has been set aside for the AgriScience Program under CAP.
This funding for swine research will be used to: examine new ways of feeding piglets that could help provide immunity from diseases; determine best methods for the classification of pork based on quality attributes to provide more choice for Canadian consumers; and, examine long-distance transport effects on the health and welfare of early weaned pigs.
This research will build on two previous Swine Clusters, which included projects focusing on animal nutrition research, and animal health and welfare research.
“This investment in research and development is excellent news for the Canadian swine sector. Science and innovation are the keys to the long-term success of Canadian producers and the industry at large. We are confident that the outcomes from this research program will drive sustainable growth and strengthen the competitivity of the Canadian pork industry. We want to express our thanks to Minister MacAulay for this timely and significant investment that gives Swine Innovation Porc the opportunity to even better serve the whole pork value chain.”
- Stewart Cressman, Chair, Swine Innovation Porc