Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced more than $6 million for the Canadian pork industry under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
The money will be split in three ways. More than $3.8 million will go towards AgriAssurance to help launch on-farm programs food safety, traceability, and animal care. Part of that money will also go to ensuring compliance with the PigTrace traceability program.
Under AgriMarketing, $1.2 million is earmarked to “promote and expand”| markets for Canadian pork, while $1.1 million under AgriScience is aimed at helping producers increase their production with efficient feeding strategies.
“The projects announced today further strengthen the Canadian Pork Excellence platform and contribute to growing the Canadian economy,” says Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council chair. “Canadian pork producers take great pride in producing the nutritious, high quality pork that is in high demand in markets around the world. Our on-farm food safety and animal care programs enable producers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable pork production.”
According to the release, Canada’s pork sector exports were valued at $4 billion last year, and is one of the three top exporters of pork in the world.