ONSSA to Compensate Farmers for Cattle Losses from Foot Mouth Disease

Rabar – In the midst of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on Moroccan farms, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has decided to grant financial compensation for farmers who lost their cattle to the disease, starting this month.The amount of financial compensation may vary depending on the age and breed of the affected animals in relation to their market value.ONSSA announced on Friday that it was conducting a vaccination campaign among susceptible animals across Morocco. So far, the disease has broken out in the provinces of Fquih Ben Saleh, Khouribga, Sidi Bennour, Tangier, and Kelaat Sraghna. Read Also: Morocco Launches Foot, Mouth Disease Vaccine Campaign After OutbreakONSSA’s veterinary services launched their January 2019 plan against the disease, vaccinating more than 500,000 cattle, 17 percent of the cattle in Morocco, ONSSA said in a statement on Friday.FMD is an infectious and fatal viral disease that only impacts cloven-hooved animals, such as cows, goats, sheep, and pigs. Contrary to rumors, it does not affect the health of humans, as the head of ONSSA’s veterinary services, Farid El Amraoui, clarified yesterday. read more

Ontario building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across province

TORONTO — Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.The provincial government says the network of public stations will help address “range anxiety” among electric car drivers who may be concerned about the distance their vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.The full network of stations will allow electric vehicles to travel from Windsor, Ont., to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, Ont., as well as in and around major urban centres.The stations — which will be placed at more than 250 locations including highways, workplaces and public spaces — are all expected to be in service by the end of March next year.Tesla Motors Inc’s top secret masterplan may not be about cars at all, but rather public transportPeter Tertzakian: Are electric-vehicle sales running out of gas?The government says the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario’s $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change.The province provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation.Ontario’s announcement on Wednesday comes after Quebec announced last month that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways.Electric cars are still a niche market, with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011.The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt leads, followed by the all-electric Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together they account for almost 70 per cent of sales.Widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been hampered by consumer concern over the availability of charging stations, the time required to charge electric vehicle batteries and the distance that can be travelled between charging sessions.The typical Canadian urban commute, however, is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles. read more