Bird flu investment pledged to British Columbia poultry producers

By Georgi Gyton contact

- Last updated on GMT

Part of the investment will be spent on helping the poultry sector develop insurance options
Part of the investment will be spent on helping the poultry sector develop insurance options

Related tags: Influenza, Avian influenza, Virus, Livestock, Poultry

Combined funding of up to CA$1.58m is to be awarded to poultry producers in British Columbia, Canada.

The money is designed to aid the recovery from a notifiable form of avian influenza in Fraser Valley over the winter, as well as mitigating the impact of future bird flu threats.

The AgriRecovery and AgriRisk funding initiatives come under the Canadian government’s five-year policy framework for the agricultural and agri-food sector, Growing Forward 2.

Mark Warawa, member of parliament for Langley, said: "These initiatives will help BC poultry producers deal with the added costs of resuming business operations, while helping the poultry sector develop insurance options against future outbreaks."

Norm Letnick, agriculture minister for British Columbia, added: "The value of government and industry partnership has been evident in our successful response to the avian flu outbreak, and this funding is one more step in that process.

"By helping BC’s impacted poultry farmers recover the cleaning and disinfection expenses they incurred in helping to limit the virus’ spread, we’re encouraging BC’s farmers to continue their hard work in providing local, high-quality foods."

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