June 14, 2008
Federal Government to Help Saskatchewan Farmers and Ranchers Affected By Drought
SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 14, 2008) - The Government of Canada continues to stand up for farmers and ranchers by providing up to $9 million in financial assistance to farmers in Southwest Saskatchewan affected by years of drought. The announcement was made today by David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
"The Government of Canada promised to bring in stable and reliable farm programs and we delivered," said MP Anderson. "We developed and put in place programs like this one that delivers the support farmers need when they need it.""We are pleased the federal government is supporting our producers through AgriRecovery," said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud. "Our Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure program will be much more effective with this additional $9 million."
Federal assistance is being made available under AgriRecovery and will be delivered through the Saskatchewan Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP). When added to the $6 million in provincial funds for the program, this brings the total available under FRWIP to $15 million. The FRWIP covers emergency water supplies, permanent on-farm water supplies and the establishment of community wells for ranchers and farmers. These measures address short term needs while providing long term mitigating solutions.
AgriRecovery is the new disaster relief framework which allows governments to respond quickly when disaster strikes a region. This assistance, shared on a 60/40 basis with the affected province, complements other federal initiatives, including tax deferral for livestock producers and federal assistance under the Canada Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program (CSWSEP).
Applications for community well projects will be mailed directly to RMs in the designated drought region. Application forms for on- farm projects will be available at RM offices, on the Ministry of Agriculture website: www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca and by calling the program toll-free number: 1-877-874-5365. Application deadline is December 3, 2008. Eligible projects must be initiated after March 19, 2008 and completed prior to November 1, 2009.
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