The Saskatchewan government, through the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP), is offering some relief to livestock producers who were negatively impacted by the recent severe spring weather.
With several storms taking a toll on parts of the province, specifically the southeast portion, livestock losses were imminent and have been reported throughout the spring season. PDAP provides financial assistance to producers in eligible areas which have experienced substantial losses or damages to uninsurable property as a result of natural disasters, such as the recent record-breaking blizzards in southeast Saskatchewan.
In order to be eligible for the relief assistance, local authorities such as municipalities must request designation through the PDAP office to initiate assistance for residents following an extreme weather event. Producers are then able to make claims for livestock loss, provided no coverage for losses is already available through existing insurance or other programs.
“We recognize the recent spring blizzards have taken a toll on producers at a critical time,” says Christine Tell, Minister of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety. “PDAP is available to provide timely financial support to producers who have lost livestock.”
The funds provided to each producer are calculated off using the rates under the Wildlife Damage Compensation and Livestock Predation Program administered by the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
The program advises and encourages producers to always document extreme weather and losses that have occurred as a result. Those producers interested in the program can find out more information can be found here.