FPPQ RESEARCH CORPORATION IS NOW PORCIMA

LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec (FPPQ) today announced that its research corporation has a new official name, Porcima. The corporation, which has existed for the last 17 years, was previously identified only by a number. With increasingly important and innovative research activities underway, it was considered necessary to give the corporation a name, an image and an identity of its own.

Through Porcima, close to $500,000 is invested yearly in a variety of research projects on genetics, stock breeding, facility management, nutrition, animal health, manure processing, odour reduction, cleanliness, product quality and economic issues.

The research corporation - created by pork producers to ensure the progress of scientific and practical knowledge in all fields of pork production - was established in 1993.

The current portfolio of over 30 research projects represents some $10 million in investments. By partnering with universities and research institutions such as Université Laval, Université de Montréal, the Centre de développement du porc du Québec (CDPQ), the Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre, the FPPQ can count on working with leading scientists to upgrade production while respecting sustainable development.

Several studies in the past have led to discoveries of new technologies or production and breeding methods. "Pork producers recognize the importance of research and development in our farm sector. As exporters we must keep up with new trends, technologies and other related advances. We have to move fast and make more rapid progress than they do in order to stay ahead in the game," said FPPQ president Jean-Guy Vincent.

"Porcima is a key partner. The support of hog producers allows us to advance research to improve production," said Ann Letellier, a Associate Professor, NSERC Chair of Industrial Research in Meat Safety.

Projects in 2011
Noteworthy projects being funded by Porcima this year include:*

  • More effective intervention on pork farms to reduce the likelihood of salmonella-related infections and indirectly related pathogens and to propose effective treatments to reduce excretion of salmonella by positive animals. Porcima is investing $700,000 in a $2 million research program conducted for the Chair of Meat Safety Research in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal.
  • Development of methods to reduce infiltration of airborne parasites into pork facilities using filtered air. Porcima, with financial support from MAPAQ, will invest $65,000 in a $250,000 project being conducted by the CDPQ.
  • A study of the interaction between genetic patterns and types of foods in order to identify strategies to generate greater profitability in pork farming. Porcima, with financial support from MAPAQ, will invest approximately $75,000 in another CDPQ project worth nearly $160,000.

*Complete list available at www.leporcduquebec.com/en/welcome.php.

ABOUT PORCIMA INC.
Porcima Inc. is the research corporation of the Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec (FPPQ). Established by pork producers in 1993, the corporation invests nearly $500,000 a year in a variety of research projects.

ABOUT THE FPPQ
The Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec represents the interests of 3900 pork producers in 12 regional syndicates. Quebec's pork producers raise over 7.5 million hogs per year and generate economic benefits amounting to over $1.5 billion across the province. The pork industry in Quebec employs some 24,000 people and exports 60% of its products to more than 75 countries. www.leporcduquebec.com

 


SOURCE FEDERATION DES PRODUCTEURS DE PORCS DU QUEBEC

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Stéphanie Fortin
Public Affairs Advisor
Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec
Telephone: 450-679-0540, extension 8542
Email: sfortin@upa.qc.ca

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