Pork producers across Canada welcomed Friday's announcement of four significant funding initiatives by the federal government that promise to reinvigorate the competiveness of Canada's hog industry.
The initiatives include e.g. $9.3 million to fund 17 research projects to be completed by the Canadian Swine Research and Development Cluster, a non-profit national organization established for the purpose of facilitating research, technology transfer and commercialization initiatives within the Canadian Pork Value Chain.
Further on $3.3 million will be invested to the Canadian Pork Council's national traceability program to further the development of the resources necessary to enable the pork industry to collect and track traceability information on pork products from farm to fork.
Another $839,480 will be put to the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement to develop a reliable system of producing highly marbled Canadian pork, a major quality trait for both domestic and international markets, by combining new technologies, quantitative selection and feeding.
Finally $1.4 million will be giben to the Canadian Swine Exporters Association, the national association representing exporters of Canadian swine genetics, to assist the Canadian swine industry to promote and market Canadian swine genetics worldwide.
The Canadian Pork Council serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.
Source: Canadian Pork Council