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SARM Welcomes 2024-25 Budget, Voices Rural Needs


The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) and its member Rural Municipalities (RMs) have offered their thoughts on this year’s provincial budget, pointing out both strengths and areas needing improvement. 

Ray Orb, the president of SARM, expressed a positive view of the budget, noting it addresses many priorities for rural Saskatchewan, particularly in agriculture.  

The budget’s record investment in agriculture, including funding for the Business Risk Management program, additional weather stations, and the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project, was specifically applauded.  

This project, a significant focus for SARM, promises enhanced crop diversity and profitability through irrigation, receiving a promising investment of $20 million. 

However, concerns were raised about the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth (RIRG) funding. Despite a slight increase, the rising costs of maintaining rural infrastructure suggest a need for greater support. SARM is calling for additional funding to ensure the effective maintenance of rural roads and bridges, essential for economic activity in these communities. 

He emphasized the necessity of ongoing government collaboration to tackle challenges in agricultural sustainability, health care, rural policing, and infrastructure investments.  

As Saskatchewan’s largest rural municipality association, SARM remains dedicated to advocating for the needs and prosperity of rural communities, aiming to work together with the government to address these critical areas. 

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