Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Millions for Canada's Pork Industry

By Manny Paiva

Federal government announces 13 million dollars into Canada's pork industry.

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Our federal government is injecting 13 million dollars into Canada's pork industry.

The funding is tabbed for research aimed at helping the swine sector keep pace with changing consumer demands.

The money is to be spread over the next five years -- and it will also enhance disease resilience and address animal welfare measures.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the continued health of the industry is crucial to the Canadian economy.

Canada was the world's third largest pork exporter last year, with sales of 3.6 billion dollars.


It was a sweet day for some farmers as they recognized the Day of the Honey Bee on Thursday.

Not everyone recognizes the day -- but in Brockton, Councillor Anne Louise Gibbons says we can not afford to ignore the plight of these little winged creatures.

Brockton has proclaimed May 29th as the Day of the Honey Bee.

Gibbons says many people do not realize the vital role honey bees play in agriculture and our everyday lives.

She notes honey bees are responsible for 70 per cent of our food crop pollination.

Gibbons is concerned about the declining bee population, and she knows of the problem first hand.

A farmer uses Gibbons land to house 45 hives each summer.

Gibbons says it's critical the public become aware of how important honey bees are to our society.




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