Crop Insurance Review - Clubroot Coverage

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Crop Insurance Review - Clubroot Coverage

Res #: 3-20A
Number: 3
Year: 2020
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS clubroot is a severe risk to agriculture production in Saskatchewan and steps are being taken through various agencies to mitigate this risk and take action after the damage is done;

WHEREAS continuous seeding of crops susceptible to clubroot is known to be a factor in the spread of clubroot;

WHEREAS there are measures that could be taken to discourage this process, such as limiting crop insurance coverage;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation to review and clarify coverage policies to encourage farming practices that mitigate the risk of spreading clubroot. These policies may include considering crop rotations known to cause the spread of clubroot uninsurable while continuing to provide coverage for farmers who perform good land management by insuring them for clubroot loss to act as a safeguard from those who put the farming community at risk.

Response From The Ministry of Agriculture:

April 14, 2020

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) provides coverage for uncontrollable natural perils, such as disease. However, if a peril could have been controlled and was not, coverage can be reduced or denied. On high risk acres where canola has been grown in tight rotation, coverage will be denied if clubroot is the cause of loss. For the 2020 growing year, SCIC has identified high risk customers for a farm practice survey to monitor methods and verify the use of recommended practices. Customers who grow canola in tight rotations are included in this process.

David Marit - Minister of Agriculture