Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2009 13:46 ET

Deadline Extended to Help Farmers and Ranchers in Southwest Saskatchewan Cope With Drought

SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are extending the project completion deadline for the 2008 Saskatchewan Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP).

The deadline to complete projects in the program has been extended from November 1, 2009, to November 1, 2010, to allow applicants more time to finish approved projects.

"Farmers know that this Government always stands behind them and puts them first when making decisions about agriculture policy," said MP David Anderson (Cypress Hills-Grasslands) and Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Wheat Board, who made the announcement today on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This extension gives farmers a little more breathing room to complete the infrastructure projects they had applied for under the 2008 program and receive funding."

The 2008 FRWIP program was intended to help farmers, ranchers and RMs in Southwest Saskatchewan develop long-term water supplies to negate the effects of drought.

"It is important our programs are flexible to address the needs of farmers and ranchers," said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud. "The FRWIP program has had tremendous uptake in Southwest Saskatchewan and the completion of these projects will benefit producers for years to come."

The federal and provincial governments have made available more than $29 million in funding for the 2008 FRWIP program for eligible projects such as wells, dugouts and pipelines.

The application deadline for this program was December 3, 2008, and no new applications are being accepted. However, producers are eligible to apply for the new province-wide FRWIP program, announced in April 2009.

The 2008 FRWIP program is cost shared under AgriRecovery, a framework under Growing Forward which enables governments to respond quickly to help farmers mitigate disasters and resume business.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    Saskatchewan Agriculture
    Jenna Webb
    Media Relations Officer