08/09/2013 11:21 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia announces funding for farmers hit by strawberry virus

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says the province is providing funding to help farmers affected by a strawberry virus.

MacDonell says the money will support interest free loans to help cover the cost of replanting crops.

The department says between the interest free loan program and three existing federal programs about $2 million in assistance is available.

The final cost of the province's support for the interest free loans is expected to be less than $100,000.

Repayment of the loans will only be required after a strawberry crop is harvested.