REGINA, Saskatchewan – Federal and provincial governments in Canada will provide $200,000 in funding for a contingency fund aimed at helping hog producers in Saskatchewan respond to potential cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Sask Pork will match the federal contribution.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of PEDv in Saskatchewan, but the contingency fund will enable pork producers to take proactive measures to protect their hogs. The contingency fund will offset costs related to disease containment strategies, welfare issues, enhanced marketing efforts and mortality management should PEDv be discovered in Saskatchewan.

"This is a very serious issue and I am pleased to partner with the federal government and industry to further enhancing on-farm biosecurity measures," said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart. "This funding will enable producers to work with their local veterinarian and marketing agencies to contain PED, locate alternate markets for PED positive pigs and ultimately minimize the spread of the disease in Saskatchewan."