Res #: 9-07A
Responses Received: No
WHEREAS, Scentless Chamomile is a non-native invasive plant species that is difficult to control; and
WHEREAS, in recent years this prolific species has rapidly spread throughout many rural municipalities in fields, roadsides, and farmyards;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food include Scentless Chamomile under Section 19(1) and 23(1) of The Noxious Weeds Act, 1984, which provides for special control measures for Leafy Spurge, Field Bindweed, Russian Knapweed, Toadflax, and Hoary Cress.
Response from Honourable Mark Wartman, Minister of Agriculture and Food:
Containment and control of scentless chamomile can be effectively accomplished through existing provisions in The Noxious Weeds Act, 1984 (NWA) without invoking the power to prohibit seeding (Section 19) or the need of the owner/occupant to surrender land to the control of the municipality voluntarily (Section 23) or involuntarily (by extension of Section 23 to Section 26).
The authority that municipalities presently have, under The Noxious Weeds Act, 1984, through their appointed weed inspectors, is sufficient to prevent the spread of scentless chamomile.