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Other Business- Preventing Introduction and Spread of Pests Through Isolation, Sanitation, and Controlling Work Flow

Value

Maximum of $50,000

Description

Other Business- Preventing Introduction and Spread of Pests Through Isolation, Sanitation, and Controlling Work Flow supports projects that focuses on reducing biosecurity risks into, out of, and within high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Eligible Applicants

Custom applicators who have identified high-risk areas in their operation with regards to workflow, sanitation or the ability to isolate material, and have identified a project that could decrease the level of risk in these areas in a measurable or proven way by:

  • Establishing quarantine or isolation mechanisms or areas for high-risk materials
  • Retrofits or new additions to establish an effective transition from high-risk to low-risk areas
  • Substantial changes in facility flow management or production that mitigate risks from plant pests
  • Installation of cleaning or disinfection equipment

Eligible Expenses

  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas such as propagation areas or susceptible crops
    • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a CAP
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce biosecurity risks, for example:
    • Clearly defining zones (e.g., RAZ, high-risk area) and access points to these zones using signage, fencing, insect-proof barriers, grading or landscaping
    • Improving the efficiency of traffic flow to reduce contamination through establishing new or re-routing existing walkways, laneways, access routes and vehicle turning areas
    • Installing barriers that can be used during times of high risk if walkways, for example, cannot be re-routed (e.g., drop screens to protect sensitive crops or propagation material if culled or finished material has to pass through the area)
    • Controlling access to operation and buildings through gates, fencing, signage, locks, barriers or security monitoring equipment
  • Emergency elimination of plant or soil materials posing a biosecurity risk to plant health (e.g. contaminated by spores or pests), specifically:
    • Construction materials to build a containment area to hold contaminated plant material or soil until destruction or movement to a proper waste management facility
    • Trucking expenses to move contaminated plant or soil to proper waste management facility
    • Expenses incurred from implementation of sanitation procedures by an external company, or internal costs of purchasing sanitation supplies
  • Construction of hard surface (e.g., concrete pad) or wash bay for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment within the CAZ or at a CAP, including:
    • Installation of sanitation facilities at CAPs or anterooms to higher-risk areas must be part of a complete transition area for effective biosecurity
    • Replacing interior surfaces (e.g., walls, flooring, dividers) with non-porous washable materials such as concrete, puck board, or stainless steel
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment (e.g., permanent footbaths, equipment to sterilize pots or beds)
  • Plant hygiene or treatment equipment
  • Installing a treatment system for the purpose of disinfecting or removing pathogens, particulate, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction of a new structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility, or modification of an existing structure to be used only as a quarantine or isolation facility:
    • Must have separate air space, CAP and be easily cleaned and disinfected
    • Includes modification of existing structures to create segregation areas for distinct cohorts (e.g., new plant shipments) or between areas of high risk and low risk (e.g., propagation vs. production)

Deadline Date

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Contact

Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Website: https://ontarioprogramguides.net/pc-en-phim-oa-d/

Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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