Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Opposition Wants More Support for Farmers after Wildfires

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Opposition Wants More Support for Farmers after Wildfires

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More support suggested for farmers after wildfires

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REGINA - The NDP Opposition wants the Saskatchewan government to provide more support for farmers who suffered losses in wildfires last month.

Agriculture critic Carla Beck says the province could use part of a $90-million surplus that resulted from lower crop insurance claims this year.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the province has provided substantial help already and agri-stability money also is available to those who are enrolled.

He says the government has helped with carcass disposal and veterinary services, and has put $100,000 into a stock growers relief fund.

He says the province does not cover insurable losses and most of the losses were insurable.

Grass fires that swept through western Saskatchewan in October destroyed pasture land and were responsible for the deaths of more than 700 cattle. …

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