The Saskatchewan government is providing financial assistance to ranchers who suffered uninsurable losses when their grazing land was damaged by wildfires earlier this fall.
Government Relations Minister Larry Doke says producers who lost property can apply to the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program for aid feeding livestock.
Doke says grazing land is not insurable for losses due to fire, so the move will fill a gap and help producers' operations recover sooner.
An extreme wind drove the Oct. 17 grassfires near Burstall, Tompkins and Leader that burned more than 360-square kilometres of mixed-used farmland and killed around 750 cattle for an estimated loss of about $1 million.
Most of the damage was insurable, but the government says some types of grazing land may qualify for aid under the assistance program.
Additional information about PDAP can be viewed below :
The Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) provides financial assistance to eligible claimants located in a municipality that has been designated eligible for assistance as a result of a substantial loss or damage to uninsurable, essential property. PDAP is a last resort program and not intended to compete with private insurers or to provide full compensation to those that incur a substantial loss.
PDAP will be assisting with certain costs incurred by farmers/ranchers as it has been determined insurance was not available for damages to pasture land caused by fire. If insurance or other programs should become accessible in the future, PDAP assistance will no longer be available.
In order to qualify for assistance, general PDAP eligibility guidelines must be met:
o Damages must have occurred in a rural municipality that has been designated as eligible for PDAP assistance.
o The annual gross revenues for the agricultural operation must be at least $4,000 but not more than $2.0 million.
o 2016 Income must show income from livestock.
o The claimant must be the titled owner of the damaged pasture land.
PDAP will assist with extra‐ordinary feeding costs incurred by the producer and transportation costs associated with the extra‐ordinary feed and/or pasture rental. Damage to the actual pasture land is not eligible for assistance. Any insurable losses, including death or illness of livestock, fences, buildings or damaged bales are not eligible.
How long will PDAP assist with extra ordinary feeding costs?
PDAP will assist with extra‐ordinary feeding costs from the date of the fire until usual winter feeding begins.