The BC government will support Okanagan farmers to the tune of $2 million for replanting of apple and other fruit varieties. The goal to expand domestic markets by the planting of premium varieties which will result in a high quality product.
The program will start in 2013 and last for three years. The BCFGA will administer the program.
BC produces 97000 tonnes of apples each year with 75% sold in Western Canada. Exports amount to 12 million dollars to USA, Mexico and Vietnam.
Announcement made Wednesday on old seventh drive (Sumac – 123rd) at the orchard of Rick Machial. Don McRae (centre) with Bill Barisoff and John Slaters MLA’s on the left.
Agriculture Minister Don McRae says:“The funding will help ensure British Columbians have fresh, local foods while bringing employment and business opportunities throughout the fruit tree value chain.”
B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association president Kirpal Boparai says:”Growers welcome the announcement of the replant program. Our association has been working with the Province on ways to bring sustainability to our industry, through the formation of the Tree Fruit Industry Working Group and its recommendation for a Replant Program.”