Heavy rains: towards compensation in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean?

Heavy rains: towards compensation in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean? < /p> UPDATE DAY

The Fédération des producteurs agricole is working with the Ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Financière agricole to help the producers of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean affected by the rains last spring.

The 300 millimeters that fell in the region in May and June rendered 4,000 hectares unusable for the 2022 harvest. A total of 132 producers submitted a claim for compensation to the Financière agricole.

“Sixty-four percent of these requests come from the RCMs of Domaine-du-Roy and Maria-Chapdelaine,” specifies the regional president of the Union des producteurs agricole, Mario Théberge.

Mr. Théberge sat down Monday afternoon with representatives of the Financière agricole and the Ministry of Agriculture. It was agreed that the producers will be met in three distinct groups, starting with those from the most affected area, in the Roberval region.

“There are programs that exist that the producers do not know about, indicated Mr. Théberge at the end of the meeting, which lasted two hours. They will learn what applies to their situation.”

“For example, it would be possible to sow certain types of cereals between August 15 and September 15 to be insured for the harvest of the 'Next year. There are a few producers who did, but not everyone knows about it. I myself learned it today”, he continued.

The Regional Federation is also hoping for financial assistance for those who are not insured.

“This is a file that will be worked on by the provincial federation. We have experienced a situation that is unprecedented, so can we expect assistance measures that have never been seen before? I say yes!” pleaded Mr. Théberge.

The latter noted that the provincial election campaign came at the right time for this type of request.

“In any crisis, there is something positive that comes out of it. makes it possible to learn”, nevertheless recognized the manager, praising the collaboration of the Financière agricole and the MAPAQ.