The destruction of crops by waterfowl continues to be a concern for Manitoba producers. In 2020, a total of 122 claims for waterfowl damage were filed with Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). MASC paid over $385,000 in compensation for these waterfowl claims.
In Saskatchewan, insurance offered by the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation provides 100% compensation for damage caused by waterfowl. Making improvement to the Manitoba program can be an important method in managing on farm risk.
KAP wrote a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development requesting improvements to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program which would align to the services offered by Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.