Crop Insurance has not been meeting the needs of the farmers it’s supposed to serve. Crop Insurance needs to respect the work farmers do with regard to the market and the land.
We need crop insurance to make effective use of technology.
PC Party MLAs will bring the following proposed changes to the Crop Insurance legislation
- Farmers with flooded acres should be compensated for storing water on their land. This will also alleviate the drainage problem prevalent in some areas. If compensated for the land and creating viable wetlands, there is no need to pump water down the line eventually creating irreparable damage to property downstream or flooding lakes like those in the Qu’Appelle System.
- Crop insurance premiums are too high for what farmers receive. Farmers should receive break even payments in the event of lost crops. The farm families labour costs need to be included in this format.
- The PC Party will call for a Comprehensive Water Survey of the entire province as it relates to cultivated land so that proper benchmarking can be done in future years when determining flooded acres.
- Land in the Quill Lakes basin which is permanently flooded should be purchased by the Crown in a willing seller-buyer relationship.