TRURO, N.S. — Nova Scotia livestock producers affected by the mad cow disease scare have been promised provincial financial assistance by the end of October.
Provincial Agriculture Minister Chris d’Entremont made the announcement yesterday after meeting with representatives of the province’s cattle, dairy and sheep farmers and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
“These producers expressed genuine concerns about the immediate and long-term challenges facing their industry,” d’Entremont said in a news release. “We pledged to work with them to address these concerns in a timely manner.”
The assistance program will begin with a federal/provincial advance payment option, which will be extended to farmers until the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program can be launched.
The stabilization program is designed to provide income stabilization in times of market downturns. Once it kicks in, the advance payment option will be blended into it.
With files from CP
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