Sask. NDP stands with livestock producers, calls for drought relief

REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon once again called on the provincial and federal governments to listen to the concerns of livestock producers and deliver much-needed drought relief as the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association released their report on the drought town halls. 

“We’ve been listening to and working with producers whose herds will be decimated and might not survive this ongoing disaster unless both levels of government step up urgently,” said Wotherspoon. “This is the worst drought in decades for those in the severe drought regions, and there’s no question that aid for livestock producers is needed now.”

Years of severe drought are plaguing southwest and west-central Saskatchewan. In response to the immense challenges brought by this protracted dry-spell, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association today called on the federal government for greater support.

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has also called on the government for more drought-relief measures. The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities called the situation devastating after numerous RMs declared states of emergency due to drought.

“Livestock producers are stewards of their land and work tirelessly and expertly to put the highest quality food on our tables. Feeding the world is a hard enough job during good years,” said Wotherspoon. “The provincial and federal governments need to step up, listen to the concerns of producers, and deliver the aid they need and deserve.”

The Official Opposition again calls on the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada to step up, listen, and work with hardworking livestock producers to deliver desperately needed drought relief.

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