To help minimize the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), the governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the pork industry step up biosecurity measures. To ensure that Ontario Pork can support industry-wide investments, as well as be able to improve biosecurity measures at critical pints across the province, including assembly yards and truck washing stations, Ontario is providing them with $2 million. As of now, biosecurity still remains the best tool to protect swine herds.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have also created a special PED biosecurity program under Growing Forward 2, to help producers, abattoirs, truckers, assembly facilities and rendering service providers in the pork industry invest in additional biosecurity measures to limit the spread of PED. The initiative is in addition to the existing Growing Forward 2 funding assistance program. Ontario will administer the funds. Investing in enhanced biosecurity measures is part of the federal and provincial governments’ actions to foster a strong agricultural sector.