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HFTP Winds Down Funding Activities

by 5m Editor
14 February 2011, at 8:35am

CANADA - Allocation of funds for the Hog Farm Transition Programme (HFTP) has been completed effective 31 January 2011.

Payments to programme participants will continue as barns are closed and paperwork is finalized. Barns must remain closed for a period of at least three years after depopulation.

The depopulation deadline set out in the funding agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is 31 March 2011. Random monitoring will continue until 31 March 2014, three years after the last participating barns are emptied.

The $75 million HFTP, funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and administered by the Canadian Pork Council, successfully allocated funds to assist 455 producers across Canada to exit the hog business. In total, it is expected that barn capacity for 126,765 sows, 263,857 weaners and 446,909 market hogs will be taken out of production when all barns are emptied.

The HFTP was implemented to assist Canadian hog producers address a market faced with low hog prices, high feed grain costs and a strong Canadian dollar. The programme was designed to help return the industry to a level of production that is more sustainable in domestic and international markets. To help facilitate an orderly transition to these new market realities, the HFTP provided payments to Canadian hog producers who agreed to set aside production in all barns for three-year period.

The programme offered funding through four tenders held between November 2009 and March 2010. Since the final tender of 10 March 2010 closed, the programme continued to allocate funds as a result of producers either withdrawing voluntarily or being disqualified for not meeting programme terms and conditions. This residual allocation process resulted in 69 producers receiving funding of $12.5 million over 13 rounds, 13 January 2011 being the most recent.

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