Canada and Ontario support beef and hog farmers
Topics: CANADA ONTARIO BEEF HOG FARMERS
The funding will help cover the increased costs of feeding market ready cattle and hogs due to coronavirus related processing delays, while redirecting surplus pork products to help those in need.
This program will help ensure the country's food supply chain will remain strong and ready to recover as the economy gradually and safely reopens.
The beef cattle set aside program will provide beef farmers with up to $5 million in support.
Farmers can claim $2 per head of cattle per day to help pay for additional maintenance costs should they have to keep their market-ready animals on their farms for extended periods of time.
The hog sector support program will also provide hog farmers with up to $5 million to help cover additional maintenance costs.
Ontario is also providing up to $1.5 million to process and package surplus pork for food banks, to provide those in need with fresh, locally produced pork products. This will assist the pork processing industry with managing capacity while helping those in need.
"We are grateful to our hardworking farmers who are providing Canadians with safe and healthy meat products," said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This investment is another way we are supporting the agricultural sector to ensure a stable meat supply and keep high-quality and affordable Canadian meat products on our grocery store shelves and kitchen tables."
Both the beef cattle set-aside and hog sector support programs are being offered through AgriRecovery initiatives, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The provincial contributions are part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to coronavirus. ■