Statement from Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Agriculture Critic, on the need for emergency supports and measures for producers and ranchers devastated by drought
"The measure announced yesterday by the provincial government simply doesn’t cut it.
Producer, farm and livestock organizations, such as the Saskatchewan Stock Growers and Saskatchewan Cattleman’s Association, have all been calling for emergency measures and support.
APAS, SARM and nearly a dozen other producer groups wrote to the premier yesterday to call for immediate action, including an increase to AgriStability compensation rates and extending enrolment, a call that the Opposition and producers have been making for many months.
In face of the extraordinary challenges producers and ranchers are facing with this year’s drought, it’s long past time the provincial and federal governments step up with relief and measures that rise to the occasion.
Many producers and ranchers are facing extraordinary hardship due to drought.
In face of this crisis they deserve support, not a government that sits on the sidelines."