Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Pest Biosecurity Programs
Evident by the continued resolutions brought forward at Midterm and Annual SARM Conventions, rural municipalities (RMs) continue to voice concerns regarding emerging and existing agricultural pests and have asked the federal and provincial governments to continue providing assistance with the cost of their control.
In response, the federal and provincial governments have once again committed to invest $2.85 million per year for five years in a Pest Biosecurity Program. Building on the success of Growing Forward 2, SARM will deliver this program and administer a network of Plant Health Officers (PHO) across the province along with three 50:50 cost-share rebate programs, one each focused on invasive plant control, rat control and nuisance beaver control.
The Pest Biosecurity Program, available to RMs and First Nations (FNB), south of the Northern Administrative District, is made up of four programs that will provide RMs and FNBs with resources when dealing with issues regarding invasive plants, rats, nuisance beavers, clubroot and other pests as declared/designated under the Saskatchewan Pest Control Act and Weed Control Act.
- Plant Health Network (CAP-PHN)
- Beaver Control Program (CAP-BCP)
- Invasive Plant Control Program (CAP-IPCP)
- Rat Control Program (CAP-RCP)
As SARM has been awarded the opportunity to administer the program, the SARM Board of Directors and staff will be working hard to monitor any enhancements or challenges related to the changes in programming and will keep in contact with the Ministry of Agriculture for continued improvements to assist our members.