APAS calls on gov­ern­ment to re­spond to drought

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPINION - Con­trib­uted

The Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an has pro­posed sev­eral steps that need to be taken to help the province’s pro­duc­ers cope with cur­rent drought con­di­tions.

“APAS is calling on both lev­els of gov­ern­ment to ini­ti­ate a droughtre­lated AgriRe­cov­ery assess­ment. For many pro­duc­ers, 2019 is our third straight year of below av­er­age mois­ture,” said APAS pres­i­dent Todd Lewis. “We can’t just keep hop­ing for rain. It is time to act.”

APAS has asked gov­ern­ment to as­sist with wa­ter sup­plies and wa­ter quality management, des­ig­nate the en­tire province as el­i­gi­ble for the Fed­eral Live­stock Tax De­fer­ral pro­gram, and create a pro­vin­cial Drought Com­mit­tee of gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to mon­i­tor drought con­di­tions and over­see as­sis­tance mea­sures.

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