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Be Aware of HILLRP Application Deadline

by 5m Editor
3 March 2010, at 8:09am

CANADA - Farm Credit Canada is encouraging producers considering participating in the federal Hog Industry Loan Loss Reserve Programme to be aware of the application deadlines and not wait to the last minute to apply, according to Bruce Cochrane.

Last week the federal government announced the application deadline for loans under the Hog Industry Loan Loss Reserve Programme has been extended to 26 March and Ottawa's share of the risk has been increased to 90 per cent on loans used to repay advances received under the Advance Payments Programme.

Farm Credit Canada senior vice president portfolio and credit risk Remi Lemoine says to date FCC has loaned out just over 115 million dollars under the programme.

Remi Lemoine-Farm Credit Canada

I think it's fair to says that the uptake in the programme is below expectations.

I wouldn't say well well below but it's below expectations.

Some of the factors, as far as FCC goes, we had already done about 175 million in refinancing and that sort of thing before the program was announced and so I think we pre-empted the programme a little bit.

We sort of did it without the program.

We had also done quite a few payment schedule adjustments in that period.

The programme expectations are that the financial institutions would apply their normal due diligence around profitability.

That's the key factor.

Having said that, because the program loan loss reserve is in place, the financial institutions like FCC have worried less about things like the security for the loan and it's helped keep the interest rates down in the programme as well.

Mr Lemoine notes time lines were getting tight and causing some concern but the application deadline extension will allow producers a few more weeks to get their business plans in place and creditors an extra month to complete the paperwork.

He encourages those considering participating to be wary of the deadlines and not to leave applying to the last minute.

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