Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a funding program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s Agri-Food and Agri-Products sector.
Growing Forward 2 Ontario Offers Support Against PED
In light of the spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), GF2 has recently announced a special intake of funding to promote biosafety and preventative measures in the porcine industry. The deadly disease has been front and centre news in the swine industry, taking a devastating toll on piglets, leading to nearly 100% mortality in nursing pigs, and having serious economic implications.
Special Intake for Ontario Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea PED Biosecurity
It is now possible for Canadian producers, abattoirs, truckers, assembly facilities, and rendering service providers in the pork industry to receive funding for implementing new bio-security measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Growing Forward 2 PED Biosecurity: Project Eligibility
Growing Forward 2 projects submitted under this intake must fall under one of the following five streams, and must focus on preventing the transfer of PED:
- Construction/modification of transition area (anteroom)
- Facility Flow Management
- Traffic Management
- Mortality Management
- Cleaning and Disinfection capacity
Growing Forward 2 PED Biosecurity: Applicant Eligibility
Special Intake for Ontario Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea PED Bio-security is available to Producers and Processors (i.e. Abattoirs), Ontario Pork licensed live-swine transporters & truckers, Identified Assembly Yards, and Ontario licensed dead stock operators (rendering service provider).
Eligible Applicants must:
- Be currently actively involved and directly engaged with the Ontario swine industry;
- Constitute a legal entity;
- File business and/or farm income/loss taxes in Ontario
Funding can be received for projects seeking to respond to/reduce key biosecurity risks, such as:
- Facility modifications geared towards more efficient movement of animals and people to reduce biosecurity risks
- Biosecurity Risk Assessments completed by veterinarians
- New equipment and handling procedures to manage contaminated materials and reduce risk of cross-contamination
- Controlling access to operation and buildings through fencing, barriers, and security monitoring equipment
Growing Forward 2 Ontario Application Deadline
Application deadline for PED project is March 13, 2014. Projects timelines can occur on or after April 1 2013 until October 31, 2014.
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