Twelve rural municipalities in the Interlake and Parkland regions have declared states of agricultural emergency due to severe drought.
A media release from Ashern stated that an insufficient volume and frequency of precipitation has negatively impacted livestock, grain and hay farmers.
“The rural municipalities of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands have declared a state of agricultural disaster due to a severe drought situation,” the news release stated on Aug. 29.
Extremely dry conditions have reduced crop yields and this has led to diminished feed resources. “The severity of the feed shortage has been compounded by a depleted inventory of carryover feed in 2018 due to dry conditions last summer and the latest long, cold winter,” the news release stated. “Affected livestock producers are faced with extraordinary expenses to purchase and transport feed for their livestock.”
The municipalities are asking for discussion with the provincial government, coordination with the federal government and an assessment of the situation with under the AgriRecovery Framework.