The flood waters have long receded, but many flood victims are still stuck in limbo.
“Some Lake Manitoba people have gotten full compensation, some have got none,” Plumas farmer Lorne Rossnagel told delegates at Keystone Agricultural Producers’ General Council meeting on April 10.
“It’s just a real hodgepodge.”
KAP has been pressing the province to settle outstanding claims and delegates back those efforts with a resolution urging the government to act quickly.
As of early April, 11,600 payments, totalling $184 million, have been issued. Of that, $162 million was paid through Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI).
KAP is also continuing to lobby the province to allow farmers to buy down their EMI deductible in five per cent increments. Right now farmers can only buy down to a five per cent deductible. That’s a big cost for some farmers whose deductible has risen after several years of claims, said KAP president Doug Chorney.
Delegates also passed a resolution calling on the federal and provincial governments to help establish a grain centre of excellence in Manitoba. However, just two days later, Ottawa announced it will close the Winnipeg Cereal Research Centre, which was supposed to be one of the centre’s occupants.