Canada helping pork producers prepare for African swine fever

The funding will be used to control wild pigs
calendar icon 4 August 2023
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In a recent press release, the government of Canada announced an investment of $944,340 to the Manitoba Pork Council through the African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program (ASFIPP) to help Canada's pork industry prepare for the possibility of African swine fever (ASF) entering the country.

With this investment, the Manitoba Pork Council will undertake several projects that aim to enhance efforts to control wild pigs in the province, develop an integrated response plan that focuses on animal welfare, disease response and sector recovery, and encourage the adoption of best management practices to improve biosecurity measures through targeted awareness campaigns.

ASF is a contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs. ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans, nor is it a food safety issue. Since 2018, ASF has spread through parts of Asia and Europe, and was most recently detected in the Caribbean. It has never been found in Canada or the United States.

The government of Canada takes the threat of ASF seriously and continues to make strategic investments like this one to bolster mitigation and preparedness efforts to protect the pork industry and the vitality of rural communities.

"Strong collaboration between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and industry stakeholders continues to be vital as we prioritize prevention and preparedness activities in the face of this devastating animal disease," said Canada's minister of agriculture Lawrence Macaulay. "We will continue to work diligently to safeguard the pork sector and ensure it remains resilient should an outbreak occur."

"African swine fever poses a tremendous risk to our province's hog sector, and we need to do everything we can to ensure that we are prepared in the event that horrible day comes upon us," said  Rick Préjet, chair of Manitoba Pork. "We want to commend the federal government for not only stepping up with funding to support producers and our sector, but for their continued engagement on preparatory work with our producers and our staff to ensure that we are best prepared for an outbreak."

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