Manitoba bans new hog barns in half of province

Mon Mar 3, 2008 2:50pm EST
 
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Manitoba will ban new hog barns and expansions in the eastern half of the province, where the industry is most concentrated, its conservation minister said on Monday.

Stan Struthers said more environmental protection is needed in southeastern Manitoba, the Red River Valley and the Interlake.

The government also plans to amend its environment laws to add strict new requirements for hog operations across the province.

The province had put a temporary moratorium on new and expanding hog barns in November 2006, pending results of a Clean Environment Commission review of the hog industry, which it also released on Monday.

Manitoba is one of the largest centers of hog production in Canada and is the largest exporter of hogs to the United States.

LINK: * Manitoba Clean Environment Commission review here rt_2008.pdf

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Jim Marshall)