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Federal government invests in ASF prevention and prep

Last week, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced an investment of up to $45.3 million to enhance efforts to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) from entering Canada and prepare for a potential outbreak.

Brent Moen, Chair, Alberta Pork applauds Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister, AAFC on her commitment to our sector and Alberta’s hog farmers.

“While ASF has not been found in Canada, its presence would be devastating to both the pork sector and the overall economy,” said Moen. “This announcement, coupled with our ongoing ASF collaboration efforts with the Government of Alberta, shows a genuine commitment at all levels of government and within the pork sector to mitigate the potential impacts of ASF.”

The bulk of the money will go toward the pork industry, including wild boar eradication, retrofitting meatpacking plants and ASF-related research projects, with some going toward the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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