Canada - Government invests in competitiveness of hog industry

The Government of Canada is once again supporting the livestock industry as they develop a national traceability system. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment today of more than $3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council’s national swine traceability system, bringing the total investment for this initiative up to $7 million.
Friday 11 February 2011 (7 years 7 days ago)
The Government of Canada is once again supporting the livestock industry as they develop a national traceability system. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment today of more than $3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council’s national swine traceability system, bringing the total investment for this initiative up to $7 million.

The Canadian Pork Council’s traceability system, PigTrace Canada, is designed to track the movement of hogs across the country. Phase 1 of this initiative focused on the creation of a tag distribution system for hogs, while Phase 2 will focus on combining swine movement information into a national centralized database.

A national traceability system will not only give Canada a competitive edge when working to access new markets but it can also be used as a marketing tool for producers to help get a better return for their high quality products. During a potential animal disease outbreak, a national database would allow the Canadian Pork Council to quickly identify what farm the hog came from and what other animals it may have come in contact with, in an effort to limit the economic and trade impacts of such emergencies.

This investment will be delivered through Growing Forward through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI), a program that supports national organizations in the development and implementation of traceability processes and systems. This investment is subject to the signing of a contribution agreement.

http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2011&page=n110210a

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