What's new ? - 2018

What's new ? - 2018

Canada: Supporting the growth of the turkey sector

Source: AAFC 4 April, 2018

The Canadian turkey industry is a vital part of the Canadian poultry sector, producing turkey products worth $412 million a year and a pillar for growth, job creation and innovation across the country. Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced today (April 4) at the National Poultry Show in London an investment of almost $240,000 to the Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) to assist producers in meeting the highest animal welfare, biosecurity and food safety standards. TFC received $98,235 to conduct the final government recognition stages of its On-Farm Food Safety Program that will help enhance the credibility of production practices with buyers, stakeholders and consumers. An additional $141,200 was provided to amend TFC's current Flock Care Program which enables the turkey industry to demonstrate adherence to national standards for animal welfare, and provides buyers and consumers with the assurance that all animal welfare standards are met and up to date.
Quick facts
-The Turkey Farmers of Canada represent more than 500 producers in eight provinces. 
-In 2016, Canada exported over 9.2 million poults (young turkey) worth $35.9 million to 7 countries. The United States was the largest market (96% in head count) with exports also to Japan, Chile and Guatemala.