Applications open to support traceability programs
The B.C. provincial government announced late last week it is taking a proactive approach to food and livestock traceability by partnering with the Government of Canada to help fund traceability programs.
Traceability systems provide important information about where a plant, animal or food product came from and its journey along the supply chain.
This information can be a useful tool for protecting public health, food safety and animal health, and for reducing response time in an emergency situation. If a problem occurs, this information can also help limit economic and environmental impacts, protect brand reputation and maintain market access for agri-businesses.
Funding is available through four traceability programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership:
- Traceability Knowledge Transfer, to support industry associations and organizations to bring in traceability speakers to educate members.
- Traceability Adoption offers cost-shared project funding to agriculture, agri-food and seafood businesses to cover up to 70% of project costs that support the purchase and installation of traceability systems, practices, technologies or infrastructure (up to a maximum of $16,000).
- Livestock Tag Reader Rebate offers a rebate to cover 70% of the cost to purchase and install approved livestock tag readers (up to a maximum of $3,500).
- Traceability Value Chain offers cost-shared funding (70% of project costs) to support sector organizations or multiple agri-food or seafood businesses along a value chain to purchase or install traceability systems, practices, technologies or infrastructure to enhance traceability among project partners (up to a maximum of $50,000).