The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has written the federal and provincial Ag Ministers to request that they work together on an AgriRecovery program similar to the 2017 Canada-British Columbia Wildfires Initiative.
Last month, fires in the southwestern part of Saskatchewan decimated more than 800
cattle and 34,000 hectares of land.
“We’ve been talking to producers and RMs in the area,” APAS President Todd Lewis
said. “The situation is serious enough to warrant the same level of response as in BC
earlier this year.”
APAS has specifically requested assistance with:
- Extraordinary feed costs, including transportation of feed through the recovery
- Re-establishment of safe winter feeding facilities and general clean up
- Veterinary services, including soil and feed testing of areas affected by fire
- Livestock mortality and replacement of breeding stock
- Extraordinary costs required to return farmland to production, including critical
infrastructure not covered by insurance, costs to repair private fences, and the
re-seeding / re-establishment of tame forages and other perennials
The 2017 Canada-British Columbia Wildfires Initiative provides all of the above for
producers in BC and is funded on a 60-40 ratio by the federal and BC governments