The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation says the number of wild rice harvesters purchasing insurance this year has remained steady.

Colleen Rooney, a research analyst with the SCIC, says interest in the program across the north has been fairly consistent over the past few years.

“This year, we have 36 wild rice producers that are signed up for 2018,” she said. “The last years, it has been 41 and 38 producers insured.”

Rooney says the cost is shared between the two levels of government and producers.

The producers pay 40 per cent of the premium, so the cost for the producer would be $1.89 an acre in the western region.

Rooney says wild rice harvesters are hoping for a better year in 2018, compared to the wet conditions seen last year.

She says she will be getting more feedback from harvesters this weekend at the annual conference of the Saskatchewan Wild Rice Council in Prince Albert.

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