The provincial and federal governments are committing nearly $2.4 million over two years to Manitoba’s pork industry.
The funding, announced on Monday, is part of a $52.8-million capital expansion project at Winkler Meats.
Government funding will go toward new harvesting and processing equipment and a high-capacity packaging line. The expansion is a joint venture between Winkler Meats and Johnsonville Sausage, which sources some of its live sow supply from Western Canada.
“Manitoba’s hog sector is thrilled by this new investment in value-added processing right here at home, a shining example of Manitoba’s protein advantage in action,” said Rick Préjet, chair, Manitoba Pork.
“Fifty-five percent of the jobs in agriculture and agri-food processing rely on the hog sector and its producers. We are excited to build on the over 20,000 Manitobans that rely on our sector for a well-paying job across our province.”