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Governments of Canada and Manitoba invest $680,900 in two projects to protect animal health and ensure international competitiveness of Manitoba pork industry

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $680,900 under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support two major projects aimed at protecting animal health and managing disease in the provincial pork industry, federal Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Terry Duguid and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced today.

The Invasive Swine Eradication Initiative Project will help mitigate the threat of disease spread by invasive pigs, particularly the highly contagious African Swine Fever (ASF), to commercial herds by seeking out, corralling and euthanizing invasive swine, thereby protecting herd health and the province’s natural resources.

Manitoba is developing a draft strategy for invasive swine management and will seek feedback from industry, interest groups and the public.

The Manitoba High Traffic Facility Swine Disease Surveillance Project is a continuation of the governments’ efforts to address the risk of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) over the past seven years. It will allow more time to fully evaluate mitigation efforts taken by the swine sector that have decreased the occurrence of PED.

Both projects contribute to a strong foundation to managing risk, which is important in building industry resilience to support the objectives of the Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy.

Source : canada

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