“So far this year, 12 Alberta municipalities have declared agricultural disasters,” said Wayne Drysdale, PC Caucus Critic for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti. “Other municipal councils will be considering whether they should also declare an agricultural disaster. Because of the severity of the situation this year, we believe producers need more assistance than they can get from existing crop insurance programs.”
PC Caucus is very concerned about the prospect of cattle producers, who have spent many years investing in and building up their herds, having to sell off cattle because of the drought-induced shortage of quality hay and other feed.
“As the PC Caucus Critic for agriculture, I will talk with our new agriculture minister and urge him to establish a provincial disaster recovery program, to address the impacts of this drought not covered by existing insurance programs,” said Drysdale. “I have faith the minister will listen to the experienced voice of our caucus and respond in a way that will ultimately result in federal assistance to help rural Alberta during this crisis.”
Drysdale noted that, if crop and cattle producers suffer financially, Alberta suffers economically and “we cannot afford to let that happen. Alberta and the federal government must work together to lessen the impact of this disaster on our agriculture industry.”
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