Northwest Farmers Receive Emergency Financial Aid

Ontario government has released $ 5 million to support agricultural producers in the Northwest who have been hit hard by drought this summer.



This year's first hay cut was not good in many parts of Ontario due to the late spring and subsequent drought, according to many growers.


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This year’s first hay cut was not good in many parts of Ontario due to the late spring and subsequent drought, according to many growers.

The regions targeted by this financial assistance are Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay. Agricultural producers can charge $ 220 per beef cattle.

Other species such as bison, elk, horses, alpacas, llamas, deer, sheep and goats are also eligible.

Financial support from the relaunched Agri is essential to help farmers recover from continuing drought conditions which have severely affected the region’s crops“Said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in a statement released Thursday.

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This money is in addition to the provincial financial assistance of $ 2 million announced in July.

Refund requests will be accepted until November 1, 2021.

At the same time, the provincial government announced an investment in the agricultural sector in the Rainy River District.

An amount of $ 1.3 million is allocated to two drainage projects. These projects will increase crop production by extending the growing season.

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