OTTAWA: Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to advise that the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, along with the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, announced the launch of an initiative under the AgriRecovery Framework to provide up to $3 million to assist hog producers impacted by processing shut downs due to the pandemic. Funding for the initiative is cost shared on a 60/40 basis between Canada and Alberta.
Pork processing plants in Alberta have been impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks and disease control measures, resulting in plant closures and reduced slaughter capacity. The initiative will provide assistance for up to 90 per cent of the cost to feed market-ready hogs held back from processing due to plant closures and reduced capacity.
The province of Alberta will administer applications and payments to producers.