For Immediate Release
Disaster assistance needed for producers
SARM is calling on both the provincial and federal governments to assist producers currently facing disasters, as well as develop long-term disaster programs.On March 6, up to 300 people gathered in Cadillac, Saskatchewan, for a rally to raise awareness and draw support for drought-affected producers. SARM Directors Ray Orb and Doug Steele were in attendance, as was federal MP David Anderson. Discussions focused on the current drought situation and how to address these concerns in future programs.
“In 2006, we saw two different extremes in two different areas of the province with flood and drought, said SARM President David Marit. These are unpredictable situations that demonstrate the need for effective long-term programs, as current business risk management programs do not cover losses leaving farmers forced to ask for ad-hoc assistance.”
Although long-term programming is essential, current situations need to be addressed. Producers in the south are asking for $25 per acre in compensation, the same amount producers in flooded regions received this past spring.
“There is a pressing need for governments to help our producers in current drought areas, but it is also imperative that we work towards future sustainability,” said Marit. “Long-term disaster programs can offer stability, while development projects, such as water pipelines, are valuable preventative measures.”
Producers in the Southwest are planning another rally for March 12, 2007, at the Provincial Legislature in Regina to further emphasize their need for immediate assistance.
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