New programming to help reduce threats from agricultural pests
Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, producers and rural municipalities will have access to new programming to help reduce threats from agricultural pests. Today, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), announced details of the Pest Biosecurity Program.
With $2.85 million invested annually from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Pest Biosecurity Program will be delivered in partnership with SARM. The program will create a network of Plant Health Officers across the province, as well as provide three rebate programs to minimize the impacts of agricultural pests.
Six full-time Plant Health Officers and six seasonal staff members in this network will work with rural municipalities and First Nations. These officers will provide training and support to ensure a consistent and proactive approach across the province. They will help monitor, survey, and report on pests, prohibited plants, and noxious weeds in their divisions.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said, "Farmers know that pests can be a significant liability to the environment and the economy. This funding will ensure local programming exists to mitigate pest issues, helping Canadian growers protect their agricultural crops and keep their businesses strong."
"Having a consistent approach to eliminating and recording pests across Saskatchewan will minimize the impact of agricultural pests such as invasive plants, rats, beavers and new diseases, such as clubroot. By joining with SARM, we're ensuring producers across Saskatchewan will have access to the training and tools they need to protect their livelihoods and be responsible stewards of the land," said Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister.