By Manny Paiva
Ministry of Agriculture works with pork producers to stop spread of deadly virus.
The spread of a virus that attacks piglets with fatal effects has so far been kept to just 16 pork operations in Ontario.
Another pork farm in Manitoba has been affected -- and now health officials are looking at a possible case in Prince Edward Island.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food spokesperson Daryl Ball
tells Bayshore Broadcasting news that porcine epidemic diarrhea was
likely spread here from elsewhere.
The virus has killed millions of piglets in the U-S but more vigilant farm practices plus a detailed focus on biosecurity has minimized the impact in Canada.
Ball says the disease is spread by fecal matter among newborn piglets and cannot be transmitted to humans.
He points out that mature marketing pigs are not affected by the virus which is 100 per cent fatal among newborns.
Ball advises that biosecurity is a key defence against the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea.
He warns that truck drivers should be restricted to unloading areas of farms and that pork producers should be vigilant about not allowing unauthorized people into their operations.
Meanwhile an official with the Canadian Swine Health Board it's not clear just how the virus got into Canada.
One way the disease can spread is through the vehicles carrying swine to and from farms.
>>>The National Farmers Union has put forward a proposed act that it says lets farmers keep control of their seeds.
Terry Boehm says the fundamental principles is to fight Bill C-18, and UPOV '91 -- which he says means farmers won't be able to save their own seed.
Boehm claims his group's proposed law serves the public rather than private interests.
The federal government is giving more than 3.7 million dollars to the Prairie Oat Growers Association.
The group will get 3 million dollars for scientists to develop new oat varieties targeted specifically for cultivation in the Prairies.
Another 600 thousand will help oat producers gain a foothold in the American equine market through targeted marketing activities.
The group will promote Canadian oats as high quality feed for horses.