Funding Assistance for Agricultural Commodities in Crisis

Res #: 1-19M
Number: 1
Year: 2019
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS the Canadian agriculture sector has taken a financial setback on canola and hog commodities after the Chinese government announced the retaliation over the Huawei affair;

WHEREAS a huge portion of the prairie provinces are experiencing extreme drought and, barring any significant rainfall, a full-blown drought will be occurring across the three prairie provinces with a devasting effect on these provincial economies;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM work with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and their provincial counterparts to join forces and lobby the federal and provincial governments for financial support for the agricultural commodities that were affected after the date the Chinese government announced their retaliation on the Huawei affair;

Responses From: The Ministry of Agriculture

December 11, 2019

Our Government is committed to the success and resiliency of the Saskatchewan agriculture sector. At this time, we are not looking to trigger an AgriRecovery claim. However, we continue to review our margin-based risk management programming (e.g., AgriStability) to ensure producers receive adequate coverage in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as weather or trade disruptions. We will continue to consult industry to ensure changes to the risk management portfolio meet the needs of the Saskatchewan agriculture sector.

David Marit – Minister of Agriculture