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Bibeau, Compton tour P.E.I. farms affected by Fiona

October 14, 2022  By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Hurricane Fiona caused major damage to properties, barns, storage facilities, as well as grain and horticultural crops on Prince Edward Island. On Oct. 13, the Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, travelled to P.E.I. to visit some of the areas that were most affected by the storm, hearing how extreme weather conditions in the province impacted farm operations, families and livelihoods.

Bibeau and P.E.I. Agriculture and Land Minister Darlene Compton, witnessed Fiona’s impacts on the agriculture sector as they listened to the stories of farmers and heard about the devastation many experienced in the province. Bibeau spoke with local farmers who described the devastating storm and the heavy damage it caused to their farms. She praised the resilience of the Island’s farm families who came together to help each other in Fiona’s aftermath.

A suite of business risk management (BRM) programs is available to help producers. These programs help producers manage risks that threaten the viability of their farms, and provide protection against different types of income and production losses. Producers are encouraged to apply for interim payments under AgriStability to help them cope with immediate financial challenges. The governments of Canada and PEI increased the 2022 AgriStability interim benefit payment percentage from 50 per cent to 75 per cent, so producers can access a greater portion of their benefit early to meet urgent needs. P.E.I. is also opening up late participation in AgriStability to farmers who did not register in 2022, so they can take advantage of this important income support.

The ministers noted the progress made so far and the support provided by the Canadian Armed Forces personnel with the clean-up efforts, but recognized that this recovery will take time.

The Government of Canada will continue to respond to the immediate needs of people impacted by the storm and support the long-term recovery of the agricultural sector. The federal government, through the Government Operations Centre, continues to work with provincial partners to coordinate the federal response and ensure that the provinces have the resources they need to support the people of Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec.

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