Cash coming for ranchers affected by wildfires

By Vanessa Ybarra
September 22, 2017 - 1:20pm

KAMLOOPS — Ranchers are one step closer to receiving assistance following this summer's devastating wildfires.

Kevin Boon, general manager with the B.C. Cattlemen's Association, says the province will begin accepting applications for its AgriRecovery program the first week of October.

On-site assessments and payouts will begin shortly after.

"We're hoping it will be a fairly simple and expeditated process so when we can start to get some dollars into their hands as quick as possible and it will also give us the opportunity to really assess what the total loss and damages from the fires are going to be.," said Boon.

Boon says AgriRecovery covers 70 per cent of costs for private fencing, feed, veterinary services, and more.

Approximetly 60 ranchers throughout the Cariboo region have pre-registered for the program so far.

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