McGuinty Government Joins Federal BSE Recovery Program
New Strategy Will Help Build A Stronger Livestock Sector
GUELPH -- The government will provide up to $30 million to help the cattle industry recover from the fallout of BSE, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.
"We're investing in a national strategy that will help ensure the health of the beef industry in Ontario and across the country," said Premier McGuinty. "We know that cattle producers are suffering through no fault of their own, and we're working hard to give them the help they need."
The funds announced today will go directly to Ontario farmers to help feed and maintain cattle that are being held back from slaughter. This is part of long-term strategy developed in consultation with the provinces, territories and industry groups, and is designed to ensure the long-term viability of Canada's beef industry. It includes:
- Continuing efforts to reopen the U.S. border
- Taking steps to increase slaughter capacity in Canada
- Introducing measures to sustain the cattle industry until the market becomes balanced
- Expanding access to export markets for both livestock and beef products.
"In light of Ontario's current fiscal situation, this announcement signals the McGuinty government's strong support for the agriculture sector and our rural communities," said Minister of Agriculture and Food Steve Peters. "Working together, we will build a stronger agri-food sector with a brighter future."
"The work farmers do makes a tremendous contribution to our economy and our rural communities," said Premier McGuinty. "It helps build a stronger Ontario. That's why we're committed to working to strengthen the agriculture industry."