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Sask. offers rebates on gopher poisons

Farmers, rural municipalities and First Nations in Saskatchewan can apply this year for a one-time rebate on the costs of products used to poison problem gophers.

The new rebate, announced Thursday, will cover 50 per cent of the cost of any of 25 eligible products bought between Aug. 1 last year and Oct. 1 this year, including dry and/or liquid strychnine, Phostoxin and others.

The minimum rebate under the program is $50, the province said. Purchases of capital items, such as traps or “Gophinator” devices, are not eligible for the rebate.

“We’re working to develop a long-term solution for controlling gophers,” Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said in a release. “In the meantime, I hope this program will help ease some of the financial burden for farmers and ranchers dealing with gophers.”

The province and a number of RMs have pledged a total of $462,000 over three years for research on ways to combat gopher damage.

RMs are eligible if they bought gopher control products for distribution to their ratepayers at a subsidized price, or if the RMs applied the products on municipal land.

Farming companies, colonies and co-operatives are also eligible to apply.

Eligible parties have until Jan. 30, 2009 to complete and submit their application forms for the rebate.

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