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Support available for ranchers impacted by British Columbia wildfires

Staff Writer |
The B.C. government is continuing to work with the Government of Canada to ensure B.C. ranchers have access to either existing or new programs as part of the overall response to the devastating wildfires in the province’s Interior.

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The potential impact is severe as B.C. ranchers have an estimated 30,000 animals within the boundaries of the wildfire-affected areas.

The number of confirmed livestock injuries and losses is not available yet as the ongoing emergency response continues.

Once the information is available, the B.C. government will work quickly with industry stakeholders to develop a fair and timely response.

While recognizing that given the scope of the wildfires, additional programs will likely be needed, the B.C. government is encouraging ranchers and crop producers to look at the existing federal and provincial government insurance and income protection programs that are available today.

It is estimated more than 500 ranchers have already received support and information through the wildfire emergency response.

The Ministry of Agriculture continues to be in close contact with the BC Cattlemen’s Association, and remains committed to hearing directly from ranchers with their concerns, so the ministry can connect them with the support and services they need.


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