Man. farmers to get compensation for swamped land

Farmers around southern Manitoba’s Portage Diversion whose fields were submerged by the province’s flood-control efforts this summer can expect some compensation.

The province on Wednesday pledged up to $1.15 million to compensate growers following last summer’s use of the Portage Diversion to help regulate water flow and protect rural and urban residents along the Assiniboine River. [Related story]

The diversion, open since 1970, is a 29-kilometre channel running from the Assiniboine just west of Portage la Prairie up to Lake Manitoba near Delta Beach. Using gates in the river, the diversion redirects overflow on the Assiniboine north into the lake.

Farmers along the channel report having lost land to flooding in three of the last four years, counting 2011 and 2012.

The province’s use of the diversion during flooding this year again “led to flooding on agricultural land and losses for producers,” provincial Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn said in a release.

The program announced Wednesday “will be targeted to farmers affected by the use of the diversion and support their land restoration efforts,” he said.

Over 2,500 acres in the “immediate vicinity” of the diversion are expected to be eligible, the province said.

Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC) plans to contact eligible farmers with more information on the funding, the province said. Farmers can also contact their local MASC offices.

The compensation will be provided on top of the AgriRecovery-funded Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative announced last Wednesday for livestock producers. [Related story]

Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton added that the province will “continue to invest millions of dollars in flood-related infrastructure to reduce the future effects on people and property.” –– AGCanada.com Network

 

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