Farmers in British Columbia desperate for help to recover from massive flood losses

As farmers await details on the provincial and federal governments’ Agri-Recovery package, many farmers in British Columbia are expressing concerns about its potential limitations as they try to make plans to restore their operations which were devastated the floods that occurred in November.

“Our farmers are distraught,” said Opposition Agriculture and Food Critic Ian Paton, MLA for Delta South. “Their barns and homes were filled with three to seven feet of water and they lost livestock, poultry, feed, and crops to this disaster. They also saw equipment failures and face expensive repairs because of this catastrophic flooding. They need help now, and they haven’t been encouraged by the response they’ve received so far.”

Many farmers say they have tried to apply for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) but have been told they technically don’t qualify for any support because their farms are incorporated and bring in more than $1 million in annual sales. With private insurance and DFA nearing exhaustion, farmers will now be keeping a close eye on the Agri-Recovery package set to be announced soon.


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